3D Printing Human Anatomy

By January 22, 2013. 3DP Applications, Design, Featured, Makers, News

There are various well-documented applications for utilising 3D printing in the medical sector, and I have no doubt that more will come in the future. It is always great to read how this sector develops, particularly the impact it has on people’s lives, but from the hobbyist point of view many medical applications require either a high skill level, an understanding of medical science or very costly 3D printers to produce medical grade parts, or, a combination of all of the above.

Recently though an interesting collection of 3D printed human anatomy parts appeared on Thingiverse, which would be a great starting point for any hobbyist interested in this field, and to 3D print some of the human anatomy at home.

The blueprints are from various designers and most of the designs were created for different projects and for different reasons, but they are all somehow related to the human body. There might be more designs available in this category, and we would be happy to learn more about them here at 3D Printing Industry.

Here is an overview of some of the anatomical parts in this 3DP collection:

Cleaned Hollow Skull by ssd

A nicely detailed 3D print of a hollow human skull, both with and without the mandible, both whole and sliced in half.

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Human Hand by Botfarm88

A human hand from Google sketch up. It’s still a work-in-progress, and the designer is working on separating each bone.

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Lumbar Vertebrae by Cbonsig

This design of a lumbar vertebrae, lower part of a human spine between rib cage and pelvis, are from Bodyparts3D’s database. The design is sliced in half so they can be easily printed and glued together.

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Ear by Cbonsig

Left and right ears, derived from the BodyParts3D database. The designer used Netfabb’s Van Gogh algorithm to slice these off cleanly, so they should be easy to print.

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Human Inner Ear by neurothing

3D printed model of a human inner ear derived from MRI data of a human cadaver. Printed about 12X actual size.

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Anatomical Heart by chanso1

The designer modelled an anatomical heart off of a scientific website in sculpy and scanned it to create a 3D digital model. Due to the unique shape and variety of forms on each side, there were very few problems editing it for 3D printing.

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Anatomic Human Foot by DrGlassDPM

This is quite a detailed design and consists of the full bone structure of a human foot, designed in Newtek’s Lightwave 3D.

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  • I’m a radiologist, and have experience with creating anatomical models segmented from DICOM data. Have a look at my website for more info – http://www.drhughharvey.com

  • Gauthier Oui

    Does anybody want to help and improve the development of a collaborative open source 3D detailed human body? Only parts of the brains are available in stl on ‘bodyparts 3D'(Japan). Since Zygote body is free but not open source at all, this work has to be done again in order to make the stl available…