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3D visualisation and printing

Rapid, accurate, full-colour 3D printing in Media Studio.

Also known as additive manufacturing (AM), this rapidly advancing technology has many applications in medicine, surgery and biomedical science.

3D prints can be made in a wide range of materials, including plastics, resins, hardened plaster and various metals. See some examples below and email Geoffrey Oliver (opens in a new tab) to find out how AM can help you.

Download our 3D Printing factsheet: 3DPrintFactsheet2.pdf

Titanium cranioplasty plate

The titanium cranial plate is printed using a laser sintering technique, which is a form of additive manufacturing (3D printing), and finished to a smooth surface with rounded edges. The holes around the perimeter are designed precisely to fit the surgical screws with which the plate is attached to the skull. Other holes permit fluid transfer and the suturing of structures around the brain to the plate.

A 3D printed titanium cranial plate

A hardened plaster model of the patient’s skull defect, derived from CT data, was used to confirm the accuracy of the plate’s conformity to the skull’s contours.

A 3D printed titanium cranial plate alongside a plaster model of a patient’s skull defect
3D printing gallery
Three 3D printed brains, labelled 'Control', '5D' and 'FTD'
3D model of brain with tumour highlighted in red
Model of brain showing a tumour in the right hemisphere; derived from MRI data - model segmented by Neurosurgeon, Mr Mike Hart
3D model of brain coonectome
Brain coonectome, showing white matter tracts visualised by MRI Tractography, Mr Mike Hart
3D model of brain vasculature
Brain vasculature showing arteries (red) and veins (blue)


3D visualisation of vasculature of kidneys
Vasculature of kidneys (with a cyst on the right kidney)
Various 3D printed parts
Various parts manufactured with low-cost FDM printing


Watch a 3D print being made using binder jetting (opens in a new tab)