Funding the Next Generation of Makers at UCSF

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Funding the Next Generation of Makers at UCSF

Located in the UCSF Library, the Makers Lab is the university's makerspace, or collaborative workspace, where the UCSF community can unleash their natural creativity to discover new solutions to health science challenges. It is a creative, DIY space where students, faculty, researchers, and staff can tinker using 3D printers, virtual reality, arts and crafts, programmable electronics, and more at no cost. Play the video located at the top of this page to learn more about the creative projects and events coming out of the Makers Lab.

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Since opening in April 2016, the Makers Lab has supported over 3,000 UCSF students, staff, postdocs, and faculty. We have clocked over 2,000 hours on the 3D printers, held over 200 workshops (or pop-ups), and even 3D printed one gigantic tardigrade (shown above). The Makers Lab has started to expand its reach to Mission Bay and other UCSF locations through a mobile cart service. The mobile carts are designed to bring the Makers Lab out of the Library and to UCSF classrooms, labs, and clinics. 3D scanning and 3D printing technology can be checked out of the Library, just like you would check out a book. This is where we need your help!

As we discover more applications for 3D printing across UCSF the Makers Lab will need more consumables (or materials used to 3D print) to help the UCSF community keep "making." Join us, make a gift, and help us reach our $10,000 funding goal. We can't do this work without YOU! It is straightforward; your gift will go towards supplementing the cost of 3D printing consumables for the UCSF community and will help prepare the health practitioners, researchers, and educators of tomorrow. With a $25 donation we can 3D print 20 of the knee models shown above. Just imagine what is possible if we reach our goal!

Don't just take our word for it, here are a few things UCSF makers have to say about the Makers Lab:

"The Makers Lab is one of the most rewarding and surprising perks of working at UCSF. It is another gem that establishes UCSF as a world renowned-institution in health sciences and healthy, happy, crafty employees." - UCSF Staff Member

"The Makers Lab at UCSF enhances my medical education by providing a creative outlet for interprofessional collaboration. The lab provided tools, technology, and space to conduct 3D-printing research with surgical mentors and fellow students. I am thankful to be at an institution that values creative exploration and innovation. The UCSF Makers Lab is an example of investment in expansive thinking, and it is a real pleasure to be part of our maker community." - UCSF School of Medicine Student

Click on Give Today to make your gift. Questions about how you can help? Contact Jennifer Lyon, UCSF Director of Annual and Special Giving, at 415-476-8975 or

Thank you for championing our mission to unleash UCSF's natural creativity!

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