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I can see the use of 3D Printing for creating models to use in teaching. For example to show how antibodies bind epitpopes and how this binding neutralizes microbes.

Erica Suchman, PhDProfessor
University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Department of Microbiology, Pathology and Immunology


The proposed Idea 2 Product Laboratory with the 3D printing capability would provide a means to generate 3D models of macromolecules and cellular structures. This would be useful for describing and discussing research results. This would also be very useful for teaching critical concepts to students at all levels, providing a means for students to hold and manipulate models of molecules and cellular structures.

Paul LaybournProfessor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Director, Professional Science Master’s Program in Natural Sciences


I’d like to express interest in the 3D printing facility. My lab studies the how the ear works, specifically how the structure of the ear influences what an animal can hear and how evolution has created a great variety of ears. I plan to incorporate results from this research into both my classes and the outreach we do with museums and schools, and I have determined that 3D printing to display the ear structures will really help people visualize the structures.

Kim HokeAssistant Professor


I have several multi-year (multi-million dollar) grants for sensor development that require the use of rapid-prototyping and 3D printing using solid model designs. Some of our technologies (which were developed using commercial 3D printing houses) are now being licensed to commercial entities through CSURF. Brief project descriptions with total direct costs (TDC) are below. Hopefully this will lend support to your endeavor; I have great need for this technology at CSU!

John VolckensAssociate Professor
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences


3D printing could be utilized by students and faculty ranging from design to structural biology, from architecture to engineering. If the proposed 3D printing facility is funded, it would unquestionably exemplify CSU’s Mission to set the standard for “teaching, research, service and extension.

Michael CaballeroAssociate Professor
Cell and Molecular Biology


3D printing could be utilized by students and faculty ranging from design to structural biology, from architecture to engineering. If the proposed 3D printing facility is funded, it would unquestionably exemplify CSU’s Mission to set the standard for “teaching, research, service and extension.

Randy BartelsProfessor
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Our research has uncovered a novel mechanism in which a simple modification of one of the proteins (histone H3) leads to the disassembly of the nucleosome, forming free histone proteins and DNA. (The research described here is part of the foundational research that led to the award of a large NIH Program of Projects grant.) We are very anxious to move this project forward, with the primary goal of understanding the mechanism by which nucleosome disassembly occurs. However, we lack an appropriate model of the nucleosome structure. For several years, I have discussed the possibility of obtaining a 3D model of the nucleosome. I am certain that having a model of the nucleosome in hand (literally) would significantly assist in visualizing the reaction we detect in a test tube, and provide the foundation to build models to explain the disassembly process. As mentioned, I’ve considered several avenues to obtain a 3D model. Thus far, we’ve identified a group at Scripps who can provide a model of the nucleosome using a 3D printer, but have not taken the next step. If a 3D printer were available on campus, there is no question that we would utilize this instrument/facility to produce a nucleosome model; perhaps several versions of the nucleosome, to assist in our quest to better understand the process we’ve discovered.

Jennifer NyborgProfessor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


3D Printing helps improve accuracy and speed of preoperative planning and thereby improving patient care and surgical outcome. We currently have 3D Printed models made by outside supplier, but it takes weeks to get them back. Bringing this capability in-house would reduce our surgical preparation time.

Felix DuerrAssistant Professor
Orthopedic Surgery Veterinary Teaching Hospital


The availability of a 3D printing facility on campus to make unique molecular models would significantly enhance understanding of basic biological concepts for students in my classes and greatly aid my research groups’ efforts to understand how viral proteins work together to cause disease.

Brian GeissAssistant Professor
Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology


The availability of a 3D printing tool for producing experimental prototypes would greatly advance our orthopedic implant design endeavor at the Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory. For example, working with our collaborators at CSU’s Animal Cancer Center we have designed (and patented) a new implant for massive canine osetosarcoma resections but have been unable to move forward with this project because we don’t have an in-house prototyping capability. This a common tool that is available at most major research universities and represents a glaring deficiency in our engineering design capabilities at CSU.

Christian PuttlitzProfessor
Director, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering


3D Printing really helps our students explore new innovative ideas, forms and shapes with ease, and gets them hands-on experience with new software and tools that they will definitely see again in their careers.

Del HarrowAssistant Professor
Art Department
College of Liberal Arts


3D printing technology will help in creating complex scaffolds for different tissue engineering applications. This will definitely accelerate our research in the area of nanostructured scaffolds.

Ketul PopatAssistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering


Our laboratory, with nearly half the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has hundreds of items of equipment that require parts from time to time, and some of those parts are no longer available commercially. The main problem with the 3-D printing is to get from the part needed to the instructions to the printer. However, this field seems to be moving rapidly, and I suspect that our in house repair guru will be using 3-D printing regularly in the future.

George Seidel, Jr.Professor
Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab
Department of Biomedical Sciences


3D Printing can help accelerate the design cycle to optimize a variety of cardiovascular devices such as heart valves, stents, LVADs, and Artificial hearts.

L. Prasad DasiAssistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering


3D printers will be a game changer for public school science programs. The ability to print sophisticated laboratory apparatus, field tools, and custom parts for science experiments will help level the playing field for schools on that can’t afford to buy commercially available materials for science education. We are currently developing a workshop for STEM teachers on how to use these new tools.

Andrew WarnockDirector, Education and Outreach Center


We use life-sized, 3D-printed models generated from CT scan data. In the world of orthopedic surgery, it gives us the ability to truly understand complex, 3 dimensional limb deformities in a way that no x-ray ever could. Further, it gives our surgical team the ability to rehearse a complex deformity correction surgery BEFORE we ever step in to the operating room. That single capability gives us an advantage over 99% of the veterinary surgical centers in the world….and they’ve noticed. To have the capabilities to do all of this ‘in-house’ will be a tremendous leap forward for CSU.

Ross PalmerAssociate Professor
Orthopedic Surgery Veterinary Teaching Hospital


The 3-D printing capability would be very useful for our CSU NASA Space Grant students. The Space Grant students frequently need to build and prototype parts for their projects, e.g. gears and wheels for rover vehicles or fixtures for satellite payloads.

Azer YalinAssociate Professor
Director, CSU NASA Space Grant Program
Director, Laser Plasma Diagnostics Laboratory (LPDL)
Department of Mechanical Engineering


We use 3D printing as a tool to create novel tools for biomedical and environmental testing. At present, our printer is low resolution and thus we are limited to large structures that have limited function. A higher resolution printer would greatly enable our ability to create highly functional devices for our studies.

Chuck HenryProfessor
Department of Chemistry


3D Printing would be very useful for my lab to create scaffolds and/or prototypes for liver tissue engineering applications in drug development, bio-artificial liver devices and for basic science investigations.

Salman KhetaniAssistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering


3D printing as potentially revolutionary to the supply chain and short run manufacturing. No need to import cheap stuff from elsewhere, we can print our own cheap stuff here and get it in any color we want. Later on, we can drastically reduce the need for inventory by printing repair parts on demand, improving uptime and extending equipment life. 3D scanners will let someone obtain a part for something when drawings or 3D models don’t exist.

Ralph TowersProject Administrator
CSU Ventures Inc. – Systems Solutions Group


3D printing allows students in Sculpture, Pottery, Metalsmithing and Drawing to design and create objects and molds as part of their specific curriculum. This technique allows us to bring normal scale relationships to pottery and metals and allows sculpture students to work at more than hand held size. 3-D printers are now making huge inroads into contemporary artwork. Both my own personal artwork and that of Professor Del Harrow depend a large part on digital fabrication techniques. Four other faculty members are now investigating this new technique in hopes of incorporating it into their studio research. As an Art Department we may be unique in this country with the amount of interest in, or shown by, our faculty in this new means of artistic creation.

Gary VossProfessor of Art
Chairman, Art Department