Biomedicine continues to gain new insights from recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) design and 3D modeling. Abstracted, 3D models give physicians an opportunity to describe, discuss, and handle anatomical forms outside of the clinic or laboratory. Now, we see exciting new 3D modeling and digital fabrication advances with applications for all of the biomedical sciences.
Until recently, most – if not all – 3D models were represented with surface modeling; as its name suggests, surface modeling represents an object’s surface with lines and simple shapes. Unfortunately, surface models fail to capture the detail of organic forms like body parts and organs. A newly developed 3D modeling process using voxels – 3D pixels – enable us to capture information about an object’s volume, rather than just its surface. Voxel modeling allows us the opportunity to utilize one of the most exciting 3D printing technologies of the past ten years: the multi-material 3D printer. With multi-material 3D printers, we are now able to print objects with color and material gradients throughout their volume.
At the University of Colorado’s Inworks, we are using voxel modeling and multi-material 3D printing to explore brain neurons, calcification of the heart valves, complex structures of the lungs, and micro-structural geometries within our bones. Join us to discuss potential applications of these exciting new technologies to your projects on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
About the presenter:
Nicholas Jacobson, a practiced architect and designer, designs buildings for the aerospace industry by day, and works on the cutting edge of biomedical 3D printing by night. His research and works have been published in ACADIA, AD, CAADRIA, Code LA, Huffington Post, Modern Luxury, Nature, The New York Times, Popular Science, and Vogue. Nicholas’ work has appeared internationally, and he has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Denver. He received his Bachelor’s in Architecture (summa cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin SARUP and his Master of Design, in Design Technology, from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is currently enrolled in Harvard’s Business School.