During the excursion I became thoroughly engaged with the idea of 3d printing body parts. There were a few different artworks on display at the Out of Hand display , two made by ‘Anatomic’s Pty Ltd’ which were both the cranium implant and the Sternum implant as well as James Otton’s , ‘The 3D printed heart model’. The artworks were encased in a glass box which added to the idea of the importance of the objects when looking at what they were designed to be used for.
Materials used in the works:
Material experimentation is obviously very big in this field, due to the material having to be compatible with the human body without it being rejected. Currently scientists are experimenting with 3D printing living material as well as bio degradable plastic that is of a water gel solution, to enhance growth around the implant. This process is a lot quicker than waiting for a donor and has a bigger success rate in patients than the metal/rubber alternatives. This materials on display work well to coherently tell the audience of its significance and advanced production of the implants that are being designed today.
It was also interesting, when looking at the cranium implant, just how amazing 3D printing can be, the transparency of the implant only enhanced the surgeon in his work as he was able to see into the infected area as well as easy attachment after the drilling and fluid transfer. Not only is 3D printing helping humans, but they are also changing the way in which surgeons operate during a difficult procedure.
The printing of tissue is also undergoing debate into how durable the tissue is within the body, but its safe to say that it is just as strong as our regular tissue.
How can one critique something that is so cutting edge and dynamic to the medical scene? The works represent only a small fraction of the way in which 3D printing can assist in advancing the way in which we live and enhance human lives. One of the biggest advances to 3D printing is the ability to print a personalised part to fit an individuals bodies. 3D printing also become a lot more viable in regards to time and cost.
The medical scene is also experimenting with many different materials in order to provide and supplement many ‘donor’ parts for 3D printed parts, paying close attention to the material that they use in order to overcome the bodies rejection with ‘donor’ parts in the past.
By positioning the artworks in a close cluster within the out of hand display, it shows the way in which each part can be made differently (materiality and personally) and even enhance the way an older prosthetic can be used such as the sternum implant. Each work is important in its own way and the way it is displayed within the museum only enhances 3D printing vast and diverse capabilities in medical 3D printing.
3D printing body parts is very cutting edge, and with them on display as the Power House museum (out of hand), it got me thinking of ways we could show the importance of 3D printing body parts in regards to using projection that people could interact with. After visiting the out of hand display, we got to explore the museum and I discovered a ‘SMART play zone’ which used projection and xbox Kinect in order to interact with the material being projected. This could work in regards of reorganising organs in the body to keep the human alive. An interactive spacial augmented game that enhances the importance of our organs in our body.