Artist copies himself

I am not the only person creating human anatomical models from CT scans... Dutch artist Caspar Berger teamed up with Toshiba and had his entire body CT scanned (presumably he signed a waiver regarding the amount of radiation that involves!). From that data he has been making moulds of various parts of his body. Probably the most impressive is his self portait silver skull, engraved with runes and latin numerals.

Printing a live rat skeleton

This publication from a research team at the University of Notre Dame is probably one my most important inspirations. After reading it I knew I simply had to follow in their footsteps. Some of the steps that they described helped me form my own workflow, to create anatomical models from CT scan to 3D printed result, and while it is a rough guide there are some genuinely useful tips on how to create a model from scratch. If you have some time, I highly recommend reading their published work, and then giving it a go yourself. 


Doney, E., Krumdick, L. A., Diener, J. M., Wathen, C. A., Chapman, S. E., Stamile, B., et al. 3D Printing of Preclinical X-ray Computed Tomographic Data Sets. J. Vis. Exp. (73), e50250, doi:10.3791/50250 (2013).

Visualising sound waves

French artist Gilles Azzaro has been busy printing famous quotes. I know, that sounds odd - it looks great though! A quote is recorded and passed through a filter to make into a visualised waveform. The waveform can then be 3D printed. In his latest work entitled Barack Obama: Next Industrial Revolution a green laser line scans the scuplture as the President makes a speech which includes his views on the exciting world of 3D printing.

3D printed plaster casts

Designer Jake Evill has come up with beautiful yet novel new way to help fracture patients. The Cortex Exoskeleton cast is a bespoke 3D printed work of medical art which is deservedly award winning. One of the casts was on display at the recent London 3D print show and I had a chance to have a closer look. The design is sleek and perfectly formed to the patients arm, thanks to 3D scanning technology. The frame is robust and prevents further injury just like the old-fashioned plaster cast, and the holes allow air to flow freely and the patient to wash their arm.

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