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Med Ref Serv Q. 2013;32(1):94-9. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2013.749139.

3D printing: making things at the library.

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  • 1Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, USA.


3D printers are a new technology that creates physical objects from digital files. Uses for these printers include printing models, parts, and toys. 3D printers are also being developed for medical applications, including printed bone, skin, and even complete organs. Although medical printing lags behind other uses for 3D printing, it has the potential to radically change the practice of medicine over the next decade. Falling costs for hardware have made 3D printers an inexpensive technology that libraries can offer their patrons. Medical librarians will want to be familiar with this technology, as it is sure to have wide-reaching effects on the practice of medicine.

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