Brain surgery is notoriously difficult with surgeons spending years honing their craft. Learn how 3D printed skulls will help teach future brain surgeons.
Researchers at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur have created a 3D printed skull because of the need for more hands-on practice performing surgical operations.
Vicknes Waran, professor in the department of Surgery, used scans of each layer of the human skull and an Object500 Connex 3D printer to create a multi-material skull and brain model that accurately simulates the textures and colour seen by surgeons.
Each Skull cost around $2,000 to produce and at that price, the new 3D printed tool is an affordable, safe and readily available quantity, unlike the flesh and bone alternatives that were previously used.
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