Simulated Anatomy was a Masters Thesis research project that explored the use of multi material 3D printing to simulate human anatomy.
The experiments used combinations of rigid and flexible 3D printed materials to simulate the different densities of the human body and to create models that feel and behave like human anatomy. 3D printing also allows individual customisation of models so that CT or MRI scan data can be used to create an anatomical print unique to a specific patient. Such prints should be beneficial to medical training and the understanding of anatomy.
This research followed a process of increasingly complex 3D printed material tests and anatomical parts which were reviewed by clinicians throughout the process. The final outcome is a multi-material 3D print of an area of the neck including the skin, muscles, and the windpipe and larynx.