3D printing & laser scanning / my research

On printing bones

I have recently been working with Dr Peter Bush from the school of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences to print bones. The aim is to aid preparation for surgery and to roll this process out to all local surgeons to support their pre-operative planning. There’s something very satisfying about printing a bone and “discovering” with soft brush strokes from a bed of fine white powder. It’s a modern day archaeology, and it’s indoors! Here you can see a bone, recently infused with resin setting giving off heat during it’s exothemic reaction. you can see that the inside of the bone, with a big lump of curing resin pooled together is actually hotter than the skin on my hand. Sometimes when we mix the resin in larger quantities it’s been known to self combust!

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