The rise to prominence of 3D printing within the medical field has been nothing short of revolutionary (as seen in our previous post ‘Improving people’s health in an open source way!’) and Karen’s experience with 3D printing as an anatomical educational tool is an inspiration.
Stating in an interview with 3D Printworks “I began 3D printing out of a direct need to understand anatomical concepts.” After attempting to make models from pipe cleaners and papier-mache Karen got in touch with 3D Printworks and they helped her to 3D print a diaphragm.
When learning about anatomy there is no replacement from seeing a tangible and realistic representation. Karen found that current technology advances in the area of 3D printing can provide fantastic learning tools, she states “When I started researching anatomical informatics and how medical imaging software has evolved to produce 3D iterations for understanding anatomical data, I realised that there was a place where all my weird interests finally came full-circle. Making models in 3D is what anatomists have done for centuries to understand and communicate spatial relationships within anatomy, and we happen to live in a very exciting time for the medium of 3D printing to bring centuries of knowledge manifest, instantly. Only now, instead of wax or wood or paper, it’s happening in thermoplastic.”
The benefits of 3D printing as a teaching aid reach much further beyond providing accurate models. These models can be made at a modest cost too, Karen says “Professional medical models are prohibitively expensive. After working with Ralph to produce the diaphragm, I knew the instant he sent me the picture of it that I would finally be able to achieve the kind of teaching tools I needed to get the essential anatomical concepts across to my Yoga students.”
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Check out Karen’s full interview with 3D Printworks