…Normally, the hundreds of hours a surgeon has to train before working on an actual living person are all done using cadavers, the bodies of people that donated themselves to science after their death. As you might expect there isn’t an endless supply for prospective surgeons to practice on, and you certainly want surgeons to have lots of practice before ever touching a patient.
3D printing has now stepped up to fill this void and offer an on demand solution. Scientists at the University of Malaysia have already begun printing 3D skulls to practice on. The printed material reportedly has a very similar feel to an actual skull and should make a good learning tool that might replace the need for endless cadavers.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!