Tinkersmiths Makerspace for Biomedical Project Based Learning in Charlottesville Virginia
Biomedical CT Data to 3D Printed Objects by Tinkersmiths Makerspace

One of our members Louis converted a CT Scan of his friends foot, then converted it into a 3D model to make a .stl file. The .stl file was then appropriately sliced and sent off to one of our in house custom made 3D printers. The resulting 3 dimensional object show a couple of bone injuries in physical space that are more representative than a 2 dimensional graphic.

Bio-printing can be deployed for visual analysis, constructing organ scaffolds, joints, bone replacement,dental products to prosthetics and tissue engineering. Emerging is the possibility that complete organs that are perfect DNA match may be available in the near future eliminating the need for donor organs.3D printing is also helping address some of today’s biomedical challenges. Additive manufacturing for biomedical applications offers the ability to make optimized and customized complex parts.

Do-it-Yourself Prosthetics is now a reality. Prosthetics was one of the first biomedical areas to utilize 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as an economical alternative to pricy products that were not customized for individual bodies. Replacing limbs are not like outgrowing shoes. Ever six months a child can affordably make their movable hand for example that matches their current body size. They can do this at school, home or a Makerspace like Tinkersmiths. The RoboHand or example is a device fabricated on a 3D printer, developed by a South African carpenter Richard Van As and Ivan Owen from Bellevue, WA. Now with easily accessible open source designs, people are 3D printing custom prosthetics for children, adults, and even pets.

If you would like to print your own prosthetic limb please sign up for one of our workshops here.

Want to hire us to make a 3D model or 3D print the parts needed? Contact Brian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..