Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Greater Access to Science Using 3D Printing"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
computer design & modeling
Project Description:
We will assess and design a pilot web-based database of published 3-D designs and drawings of assistive technologies and scientific data sets for 3-D printing. The goal is to see if such database would be utilized by persons with disabilities, educators, and other stakeholders and if in actively engaging in science activities. These 3-D designs are created by us as well as found through other contributors.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be responsible for developing this database platform through the Institute for Accessible Science Hub (, which is a content management web environment, and for publishing our library of 3-D CAD drawings and other documentation. They will also be responsible for searching for other freely available designs that would be appropriate for this database. The intern will also be expected to create simple or modify existing 3-D CAD drawings for 3-D printing. Instructions will be given on how to accomplish this; however he/she will be expected to work somewhat independently.
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Desired Qualifications:
Computer graphics (CAD drawing) and web design experience highly recommended. Computer programming experience is desirable.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Duerstock, Bradley
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Student Supervisor

Brad Duerstock
Assoc. prof. of engineering practice

Cooperating Faculty

Juan Wachs
School of Industrial Engineering