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IPrime Workshop: CharFac and the University Imaging Centers

IPrime, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's Characterization Facility (CharFac) and the University Imaging Centers, is pleased to announce an exceptional workshop coming up in August.

Advanced Characterization: Microscopy, Microanalysis and Spectroscopy Workshop
Aug. 29-30, 2016
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus

This workshop Offers two mornings of seminars and two afternoons of demonstrations at CharFac and the University Imaging Centers' various facilities. There is a fee to attend the afternoon demos and space is limited so be sure to register soon.

Regisration and the Tentative Workshop Schedule can be found here!

Cloth Printing comes to Jackson Hall!

Our East Bank Jackson Hall facility has installed a new HP Z6800 printer.

This means cloth printing is now available at Jackson Hall!

In addition to cloth the z6800 gives us twice the print resolution (600 vs 300dpi) as well as dedicated black and grayscale inks for greatly improving the black and grayscale accuracy and quality in printed images. This is especially useful when printing low to mid contrast microscopy images, as well as EM images.

For more information and a link to submit check out our poster printing page.

Upcoming Seminar: The Medical School Discovery Team Presents: Prakash Kara, Ph.D.

Speaker: Prakash Kara, Ph.D; Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Seminar Title: "Synaptic, Spiking and Vascular Cortical Maps of Sensory Stimulus Selectivity"

Time and Location: Monday, August 29th, 2016 - Noon, CMRR Seminar Room (Room 2-102).

This seminar is presented by the Medical School Discovery Team.

Click Here for the Downloadable Flyer!

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.

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.