Final breast model containing muscles, mammary lobes, a tumour, and adipose.
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3D Printed Moulds
Each tissue layer was created via a 2-part 3D printed mould.
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Mammary Lobes and Mould
Silicone's of differing haptics were poured into the 3D printed moulds to create the life-like feel.
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Muscle Layer & Mould
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Digital Mould Creation
Each layer was digitally modeled using anatomical data. These digital models were converted into the digital moulds for 3D printing.
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Welcome to my thesis where I produced a 3D printed breast model. I examined the feasibility of using 3D printed moulds, constructed from clinical data, to create a haptically-accurate breast model. With breast cancer being the leading type of cancer among women worldwide and a rise in cases of women in Low-income counties, I sought to develop a Brest Self-Examination (BSE) tool for educating and empowering women about their breast health. This model is intended for women in Low-income countries where there is a lack of access to other early detection methods.
The pictured model contains a muscle, adipose, and mammary layer (differing in silicone densities). One T2 tumour is embedded in the model which is set upon a base containing rib structures. The entire structures is encapsulated in a silicone skin layer.
Please find samples of my other academic work in the additional video.