Nov.15, 2012

Dutch sculptor Caspar Berger (1965), best known for his self-portraits, is using CT scanners and a 3D printer to create a new series of sculptures: Skeleton.

He had his body scanned in one of the world's most advanced CT scanners. Using a 3D printer he was then able to produce precise reproductions of parts of his skeleton.

He has made two works: the artist's upper arm bone cast in gold and a bronze forensic reconstruction of his face based on the copy of his skull. Berger aims to make the invisible tangible in three dimensions, and thus hold in his hands the symbol of what remains of us after death.

(Images Credit: Erik and Petra Hesmerg)

In Skeleton I have made use of the incredible possibilities to reveal the invisible that modern medical techniques offer, in order to make tangible what lies beneath the skin. I have had my entire body scanned using the very latest CT scanner, which can divide the body into cross-sections measuring just half a millimetre. The digital information reveals my bones individually. This data can be made compatible for use by a 3D printer to produce the most accurate possible copy of my skeleton. I can then make silicone moulds of the bones that make up the skeleton. This allows me to cast copies of my skeleton in bronze, silver and plaster. ~ Caspar Berger

Watch the video below the CT scanning, 3D modelling and 3D printing process.

 

Source: Designboom

 

Posted in 3D Printing Applications

 

 

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