The development of commercially viable 3d printing technologies, including low cost printers and software, enable for rapid creation of bespoke models. the highly specific nature of this technology lends itself well to the development of new tools for scientific and medical research and practices.
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the viability of low cost printing tech towards the development of patient specific medical models, using a variety of printing technologies and materials to simulate not only patient specific anatomy, but also specific pathologies, pathophysiologies, and tissue properties. For example, a patient specific head model was developed, with different materials used to simulate the material properties of the epidermis, skull, brain, cerebellum, and tumor
With further research and development, this technique can be applied to other areas of the body as well. This would allow for better preparation and planning for surgeries, as well as much more in depth and hands on training.
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