Terms and Conditions

1. General Information

NIH 3D is provided without charge to the research community to be a trusted digital repository of digital 3D model files that are readily compatible with 3D printers. NIH 3D is operated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NIH 3D has provided Terms and Conditions for use of the service (“Terms and Conditions”) in order to establish guidelines for responsible usage, to protect the rights of content owners, and to facilitate the archiving and dissemination of high-quality content for the long-term benefit of the user community. These Terms and Conditions will apply to your use of NIH 3D and by using NIH 3D, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions of Service.

2. User Accounts

2.1 General Information.

Access to content on NIH 3D is available for viewing and download by all persons (“Users”).

2.2 Authorized Users.

In order to use certain features of NIH 3D (e.g., to upload a model, create a model, or post comments), you must register for an account and provide certain information about yourself as requested in the registration process. In doing so, you become an “Authorized User” and warrant that (a) all required information you submit is truthful and accurate; and (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information. Accounts may be deleted at any time, but content you have uploaded to NIH 3D will remain unless you request that it be removed. To request removal of content, please contact us.

2.3 User Responsibilities.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your username and/or password if you have one, and for all usage or activity by them on NIH 3D. You promptly shall notify NIH 3D of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure or use of your username or password. Any use of NIH 3D beyond the scope or in violation of these Terms and Conditions, knowing use of any password or username of another, or any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity, may be grounds for termination of your account. You acknowledge and agree that any material that you submit or comment that you post may be edited, removed, and/or modified by NIH 3D without notice.

2.4 User Contributed Models.

Where you are able to submit material to NIH 3D, you represent and warrant that you will not submit any protected health information or personal identifiers in any material and will de-identify any image files or contributed information furthermore you will not upload or otherwise publish through NIH 3D any materials that: (a) are protected by copyright, or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of which you are not the owner; (b) are libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or invasive of another’s privacy or hateful; or (c) contain a virus, spyware, or other harmful component, advertising of any kind, or false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact. You will not attempt to establish the identity of any persons that have image information or other information on this site. You agree to indemnify and hold the NIH harmless from any and all liability and costs incurred in connection with any claim arising out of your breach of the foregoing representations and warranties. You will cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim.

3. Intellectual Property.

3.1 General Intellectual Property Rights.

The NIH 3D Print Exchange trademarks, rights in ideas, designs, works of authorship, derivative works, and all other intellectual property rights (collectively, "Intellectual Property") relating to the NIH 3D Print Exchange framework and software should not be used without prior permission from NIH.

3.2 Name, Logos, and Trademarks.

Neither Users nor NIH 3D may use the other's name, logo or trademark and may not use the name, logos or trademarks of the above-noted DHHS, NIH, or any of its component Institutions in a way likely to cause confusion as to the origin of goods or services, or to endorse or show affiliation with the other, except as specifically approved. NIH 3D may use User-contributed content for promotional material, events, or publications, within the limits of the license applied to the content by the user. NIH 3D will not use the User's name or image without prior consent, except as to provide attribution for content, as specified within the terms of the content license.

4. Liability.

4.1 General Waiver of Liability.

The DHHS and the NIH are not liable for damages resulting from 3D printed models generated from files hosted on NIH 3D. Users may provide suggested materials or instructions for printing 3D files, however you maintain responsibility for proper printing and usage of such models.

4.2 Models Related to Anatomy and Medicine.

The 3D models in our database are not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat any medical condition in any way. Prints of 3D anatomical models on NIH 3D should not be used for medical purposes. They should be used solely for illustrative purposes.

4.3 Laboratory Equipment and Other 3D-Printable Hardware.

Users may share laboratory equipment, accessories, and other devices to facilitate research practices, but may require specific materials or print specifications to withstand particular environments. If you choose to download and print such User-contributed models, you are responsible for the proper printing, processing, handling, implementation, and use of objects fabricated based on 3D files provided through NIH 3D. Neither NIH 3D, nor the content owner, may be held liable for any damage to existing equipment or supplies, including research materials and outcomes, that may arise from using such prints, even when built according to instructions provided by the content owner.

4.4 Data-derived Molecular and Volumetric Models.

3D prints generated from files in NIH 3D are intended to facilitate scientific discovery and learning. You are responsible for independently confirming results or hypotheses based on 3D printed files.

4.5 Custom User-Designed Content.

NIH 3D intends to moderate User-contributed content for scientific relevance and accuracy and reserves the right to remove material that does not meet specified criteria or quality standards. Custom, 3D illustrations of medical or scientific structures may be difficult to verify for accuracy, but regardless can be valuable for visualization purposes.

4.6 Safety.

Neither NIH 3D nor the contributing User are responsible for any personal injury or damages that may arise during the fabrication, implementation, and usage of any objects created from models shared on NIH 3D.

Site Policies

Publishing Policy

1. Submission and Post-Submission

After you "Submit" and entry to NIH 3D, you will receive an e-mail once processing has been completed with a link to come review and further annotate your entry in the "post-submission" wizard. At this time you may add supplementary files and data, or change out files/settings if the output models do not meet your needs. You may review your submissions at any time in your submission dashboard

2. Saving

Once you have completed annotating your submission, you will be given the option to either "Save" or to "Publish" your entry. A "Saved" entry will be kept on our system for 6 months. You will receive warnings at 1 week, 2 days, and 1 day before this entry will be removed from our system. You may delete any "unpublished" entry at any time.

3. Publishing

Once you hit "Publish", your entry will become live and accessible on NIH 3D. It is NIH 3D policy that no "Published" entry can be unpublished or deleted without contacting NIH 3D staff. This policy is in place to ensure that when a model is part of a publication or referenced by our visitors, it will always be found on the site.

4. Versioning

Should you have introduced an error in your entry, you may edit it at any time to create a new "Version" which will replace the previous version on the Discover page. Your previous version will still be available in the Version History of that new entry.


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Links to Other Sites

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NIH 3D is responsible for satisfying all policy requirements related to content provided to a third-party site, e.g., Facebook, Twitter. However, on third-party sites, NIH 3D is responsible only for the content that NIH 3D controls. All other content is owned and controlled by the third-party site.

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Any company, product and service names used in this web site are for identification purposes only. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. NIH 3D contents do not imply endorsement of any commercial or private product, service, or activity by the National Institutes of Health, site administrators, contributors, or advisors. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Information Disclaimer

It is not NIH 3D's intention to provide specific medical advice to users of NIH websites, instead we provide users with information to help them better understand their health, diagnosed conditions, and the current approaches related to treatment, prevention, screening, and supportive care. NIH urges users to consult with a qualified health care professional for diagnosis and answers to their personal medical questions.


This website is provided as a public service by NIH 3D (“NIH 3D”), a project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH 3D does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer personal information about visitors to this site unless required to do so by law.

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