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UIC: New MarkForge II 3D Printer & 3D Printing Hub

The University Imaging Centers are excited to announce we have installed a new type of 3D printer and launched our 3D printing hub.

We've recently installed a MarkForge II 3D Printer. This technology allows us to print using nylon reinforced with fibers such as Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, and Kevlar. The result is part with strength that far exceeds traditinoal PLA and ABS media.

In addition to installing the new printer we've completely revamped our 3D printing page into a larger more helpful 3D printing hub. The hub includes many free resources for 3D printing, various model galleries, project submission forms and information on how to get in touch with staff to talk about printing, and more. This site will be continuing to evolve as more information and designs are added.

Instrument Demo: Microscopy Innovations mPrep ASP-1000

UMN Researchers-

You are invited to the University Imaging Centers – Snyder Hall for a demonstration by Microscopy Innovations ( of their mPrep ASP-1000, a robotic sample prep system that can be used for immunogold labeling for TEM, positive and negative grid staining, and preparing biological SEM/TEM specimens.

The processor will be in Snyder Hall for a week (July 12-19), and interested parties may schedule times to see the equipment in action.  If you are interested in preparing 1-2 samples to run on the machine for processing (free of charge!), please contact Gail Celio (celio001@umn.edu612-624-3454) to discuss material and scheduling by July 8. Click here for the flyer!

TheScientist: Image of the Day - Shiny Neuron

Congratulation to Grant M. Barthel, Karen A. Mesce, and Karen J. Thompson!

To visit the site and read the full paper click the photo, or click here!

Labeled dendrites from a grasshopper (Schistoverca americana) neuron with silver and visualized under a confocal laser scanning microscope.

Slide Scanning at the UIC!

High Resolution Digital Slide Scanning (Whole Slide Imaging) at 20X Brightfield

Interested in scanning? Contact Mark Sanders (

Are you interested in capturing multiple histology or IHC images from a microscope or stitching them to construct a full section image?  

Check out these interactive examples:

1. Brightfield scan of multiple H&E stained tissues on 1x3" slide at 20X.

2. Brightfield scan of human tonsil tissue (H&E stained) at 20X.

The UIC can now scan whole slides for you at $15/ slide. Whole slide images are digitally accessible on computer monitors, and the benefits include but are not limited to the following:

  • No need for your own microscope or time to collect – full slides scans are digitally available at your fingertips, whenever and wherever you need them.
  • Zoom in & out of digital slides to study regions of interest at a magnification up to 40x.
  • Capture publication-ready images at desired magnification.
  • Share data and annotation digitally over the Internet for presentations or peer reviews.
  • Perform accurate and reproducible quantification and image analysis.

Cloth Printing at the University Imaging Centers

The University Imaging Centers is excited to announce the addition of cloth printing at our Snyder Hall facility!

With the installation of our new printer we are now able to print on a photo-satin cloth great for folding and taking on trips.

Want more information on cloth printing? Check out our printing page!