The Makerspace

Ruth Lilly Medical Library's Makerspace is an emerging technology laboratory and creative space that serves the IU School of Medicine students and faculty.  Here students can engage in virtual study with Virtual Reality or the Nexus IQ wall, create their own study aids with 3D-printing, or simply engage in creative activities for mental health and wellness. The space is staffed with experienced emerging technology professionals who are well-known across campus for their expertise and responsive engagement. The technologies offered are listed below.

Visit the Makerspace on the second floor of RLML, room IB202, Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm — simply walk in or make an appointment!

Makerspace Tools & Tech

3D Printing

Create lifelike 3D prints to use as study aids and research tools! 3D prints can be purchased, or free with a supervised session (either in-person or via Zoom). For free 3D printing, make an appointment. For more information about 3D printing in medicine, the 3D printing service, or how to request a print, see our 3D Printing LibGuide.

Suture Pad (silicone mold)


Learn how to create and cast molds using silicone. Make a mold of an existing object to produce multiple copies, or cast a mold in silicone to make skin-safe, flexible items such as suture pads, anatomical models, and even special effects using the Ultimate Blood Kit by Smooth-On.

Virtual Reality

Travel through the heart or explore other anatomical VR software with the VR Station in the Makerspace, available for use during Makerspace hours, Monday-Friday 10 AM to 4PM, in RLML room IB202. You can also email if you want to book the station for use after hours. Sanitizing, disinfection: 70% isopropyl alcohol.

engineer working on robotics automation project

Robotics Equipment

Our Makerspace has a soldering iron, solder, smoke absorbing fan, Elegoo ultrasonic sensor, multimeter, capacitor kit, 2 Plusivo resistor kits, hook up wire kit, alligator clips, Dupont wires, 3 Arduino starter kits, a Makey Makey kit, and more.

an image of person standing by IQ Wall

IQ Visualization Wall

The IQ Wall (a collaboration with UITS's Advanced Visualization Lab) is an expansive 8-panel, 16-foot-wide video wall perfect for group tasks and data visualization. A Complete Anatomy program is pre-installed as is integrated video conferencing, featuring an auto-tracking camera which allows for collaboration with colleagues at IUSM campuses across the state.

Nexus (room IB207)

The Nexus

The Nexus is room IB207 and the location of the IQ Wall. It's also a 24-hour collaborative study space with three desktop computers available for IU School of Medicine students to use.

Cricut machine (photograph)

Cricut Station

Learn to create paper crafts, iron-on designs, stencils, vinyl stickers, and more with our Cricut Vinyl Cutting Machine.  The Makerspace has loads of study examples available that you can create for yourself and enjoy the mental health benefits of some crafting time. Or use the Cricut Easy Press 2 to apply your iron-on designs to a variety of fabrics including t-shirts and tote bags.

Button maker (photograph)

Button Making

The Makerspace also has Button Maker, button materials, Selphy photo printer, and photo printer papers for you to learn and explore. 

Contact Us


Please email the library’s Tech Team at with any questions or concerns.


Cassandra Jones
Nexus Manager
Ruth Lilly Medical Library, IB 202
Indiana University School of Medicine

p: (317) 278-7240

Hours of Operation:

Makerspace is open Monday - Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM (EST) or by appointment.