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This week 3D Printing Industry visited King’s College London (KCL) in London Bridge for the SPARE PARTS: Rethinking Human Repair exhibition. Here, art, science, and new technologies meld together to explore methods of creating body parts and that can live independently from the human anatomy.
Located at KCL’s recently established Science Gallery London, the SPARE PARTS exhibition presents a 3D bioprinted voice box, additively manufactured hearts, as well as body part simulations as far as the artificial eye can see.
Shows - Art-pieces - Designers - Printing - Life
The following shows two art-pieces among the 16 designers which integrate 3D printing to convey continuous human life. Stéphanie Delcroix, the curator-producer for SPARE PARTS explained, “The thought-provoking artworks featured within SPARE PARTS attempt to challenge preconceptions around the repair of the human body.”
“THIS EXHIBITION OFFERS UNEXPECTED PERSPECTIVES AND STRIKING VISUAL METAPHORS THAT DESCRIBE THE TECHNOLOGICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES THAT CAN RESTORE OUR BODIES AND SUSTAIN HUMAN LIFE.”
Salomé - Bazin - Designer - Founder - Cellule
Salomé Bazin, a multi-disciplinary designer and founder of Cellule, a London-based collaborative design studio, and Pablo Lamata of KCL’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, have created the Big Heat Data exhibit which produces customized 3D printed hearts.
This piece aims to physically realize the changes in both healthy and ailing hearts. Bazin told 3D Printing Industry:
Importance - Patients - Readiness - Heart - Surgery
“I think we really underestimate the importance of a patients readiness before heart surgery. 3D printed anatomical models seem to be only produced for extreme cases with the surgeon’s use at the forefront.”
“I wanted to create a system where the individuality of organs is presented to the patients themselves. They will be able to hold, frame, and keep their own heart – whereas before, they could only keep an image or sketch from a hospital. That’s why we chose the accessible technology – FDM 3D printing.”
Hearts - Big - Heart - Data - Exhibition
The 3D printed hearts from the Big Heart Data exhibition. Photo by Tia Vialva.
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