ENGINEERING CREATIVITY AWARD
LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT'S FANTASTIC: 3D PRINTED ANATOMICAL MODELS
Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab, The University of Auckland
These incredible world-first 3D printed full-colour anatomical visualisation tools represent true science – and double as beautiful works of art. They're an exemplar of how engineering is integral to every industry and play an important role in the global medical community.
The medical community has long needed better tools to visualise medical conditions, do surgical planning, and educate medical students – and these stunning 3D visualisations have filled that need. The highly accurate models are made from combinations of clear and coloured material, reproducing anatomical models in stunning levels of detail with every bone, organ and vein visible.
The Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Laboratory aims to significantly alter the way additive manufacturing (AM, 3D printing) is implemented in industry, changing it from a predominantly prototyping method to a high-value manufacturing method.
The models will be of enormous benefit to the medical profession, enabling surgeons to use augmented 3D models to determine, and even practice performing specific surgeries. They have the potential to significantly improve the communications between the surgeon, their colleagues, and the patient.