"What is so mesmerizing about the 3D model of a brain pathway is that it renders visible the very mechanism in our brain we are using to look at it, a neurological portrait." (Wellcome Trust image award, Judge statement)
Print a brain
I am making all my brain models - both the cortical surface and white matter models - available via https://www.thingiverse.com/stephforkel/designs . New models will be regularly uploaded to this page and can be freely downloaded for printing, collecting, and teaching purposes.
All the models are based of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. The surface reconstructions are obtained from T1-weighted images and the white matter connections are reconstructed from diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI).
I am of course available for background information or to discuss tailor made models.
These models have been used for public outreach projects such as:
- Wellcome Trust Image Award 2017
- Science Gallery London
- OHBM BrainArt competition
For these events, I printed the models on a home built Teilmachr printer (https://www.teil3.ch/shop/3d-drucker/teilmachr503e.html & https://github.com/teil3/teilmachr)
Wellcome Trust Image Award: : https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-39272111
The famous cases of neuroscience: Phineas Gage, Patient H.M., and Broca's patient 'Tan' (not online)
Science Gallery London: https://stephanieforkel.wixsite.com/brains
European design patent: Design available via EUIPO Registration No.003823012-0001