By: KU Leuven (Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation), Providi Lab Utrecht & Materialise, 2014
Material: VeroClear, VeroYellow & VeroCyan
Technology: PolyJet
Manufactured by: Materialise

Some of the newest 3D printing technologies allow users to combine several materials and colors. This model uses transparent and colored material to display a brain structure and distinguish between grey matter (transparent) and white matter (color).

This project reflects the joint effort of Dr. Stephan Swinnen and Dr. Iseult Beets from KU Leuven, Dr. Alexander Leemans from PROVIDI Lab, and Dr. Laura Trotta from Materialise.

Dr. Swinnen and Dr. Beets are part of the Research Centre for Motor Control and Neuroplasticity at KU Leuven. Their research is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach, spanning a broad range of disciplines that encompasses the behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and movement sciences/kinesiology.

The PROcessing & VIsualization in Diffusion Imaging (PROVIDI) Lab is part of the Image Sciences Institute – University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. The PROVIDI Lab, headed by Dr. Leemans, focuses on processing, analyzing, and visualizing diffusion MRI data for investigating microstructural and architectural characteristics of tissue organization.

With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise is a provider of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer products. Since 1990, Materialise has played an active role in AM for industrial and medical applications by providing medical image processing, surgical simulations, and unique solutions for its customers’ prototyping, production, and medical needs.