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University Imaging Centers - Where the University sees the future


THINK BIG! What we owe to the invention of the Microscope.


Early scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes.

Read more in the THINK BIG! series in Smithsonian magazine.

UMN ID Integration with iLab

On Monday, March 20th the UMN ID iLab integration will be activated at the University of Minnesota.

The UIC is excited to take another step towards streamlining our services for the UMN research community.

This integration means UMN users will be able to log into iLab using their UMN ID. Click here for instructions detailing how to log in for both existing, and new users.

These changes will not remove the current method of logging in. You may still use your current iLab login if you choose. Both options are presented to users via the new login screenPlease note; you will not be able to login using your UMN ID until March 20th.

IMPORTANT: All UMN ID users will need to setup a second unique password in order to login to instruments at University Imaging Center facilities. Setting up your password is simple and quick. Instructions are included in the PDF instructions listed above.

If you have any questions about the new login, instructions, or setting up your login password for UIC instruments please contact Alex Cramer (, or reach out to any UIC staff.


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.

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

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.