Visit the RLML Makerspace

What is a Makerspace

A Makerspace is a community space that provides free tools for members of a community to use in their hands-on projects. The Ruth Lilly Medical Library (RLML) Makerspace has been created for the IU School of Medicine community and serves IUSM students, faculty, and staff. The space is staffed with experts in emerging technology to help visitors overcome any hurdles to learning new technologies. The technologies offered are listed below. Visit the Makerspace on the second floor of RLML in room IB202, Monday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm — simply walk in or make an appointment!

3D Printer

3D print charge model begins September 6th, 2022.  For free 3D printing, make an appointment with the Makerspace.  Information about 3D printing in medicine, the 3D printing service, or how to request a print, see 3D Printing or email

Cricut Station

Come learn to create paper crafts, iron-on designs, stencils, vinyl stickers, and more with our Cricut Vinyl Cutting Machine. Then use the Cricut Easy Press 2 to apply your iron-on designs to a variety of fabrics including t-shirts and tote bags.

Virtual Reality

1 VR Station available for use in the RLML Makerspace Monday-Friday 10 AM to 4PM. You can also email if you want to book the station for use after hours. Sanitizing, disinfection: 70% isopropyl alcohol

Button Making

We have a new Button Maker, Button materials, Selphy photo printer, and Photo printer papers for you to learn and explore. 

Robotics Equipment

Our new Makerspace has a Soldering iron, Solder, Smoke absorbing fan, Makey Makey kit, Elegoo ultrasonic sensor, Multimeter, Capacitor kit, 2 Plusivo resistor kits, Hook up wire kit, Alligator clips, Dupont wires, 3 Arduino starter kits, and more


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.

  • No food or drink the Makerspace as it may damage the equipment 
  • No one group or individual can reserve the entire Makerspace 
  • While the Makerspace is not a quiet area, it should not be a loud area either. Please keep voices at a reasonable volume, especially when the door is open. 
  • No unauthorized use of the 3D printer or soldering iron. Students must complete safety training before they can use the 3D printer or soldering iron without supervision. If asked, the student must be able to produce proof of having completed this safety training. 
  • Please follow safety guidelines provided when using the equipment in the Makerspace 
  • Materials in the Makerspace are for everyone. If you have a large project that requires a significant amount of material, please consult the Nexus Manager about which materials are compatible with the equipment in the Makerspace and purchase those materials. 
  • Disruptive or disrespectful students may be asked to leave by the library staff, if they refuse to do so campus security will be called to remove the student. 
  • Do not unplug or move any of the equipment without the express permission of the Nexus Manager. 
  • Students with reservations will take precedence for instruction over walk-ins. Walk-in instruction will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis.  
  • Under absolutely no circumstances is anyone to touch the hot end of the 3D printer or the soldering iron. 
  • Items that have been left behind will be taken to the circulation desk for retrieval. 
  • Due to limited ventilation, please refrain from using any products that produce toxic fumes (e.g. spray paint, rubber cement) 

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.