The first plan…use medical imagery

There are similarities between skin, paramedic computation work and 3D printing. Skin is a heterogeneous material, meaning the chemical composition is the same in the layers of our skin. It is skin’s material structure which changes the properties, meaning the skin of our eyelid is the same stuff as the skin on the soles of our feet. It is just how the structure of the material is arrange which determines the properties of how each area of skin behaves.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_text image=”393″]SEM (scanning electron microscope) image of skin structure [/image_with_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”435″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”399″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]So the original thinking was we will use medical imaging of different parts of the skin to inform was the structure needs to be. We will then use algorithms to blend the structures across the different parts to cut up the material so it produced the flex, density and thickness desired.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”451″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]Leading designer Sarat Babu of Betaty.pe is doing amazing work proposing the idea of structure is material. He is prototyping examples of how through 3D printed structure the behaviour of the material can change,[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_text title_tag=”h6″ image=”466″]Types of tissues – note the top connective and epithelial tissue[/image_with_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_text image=”467″]tangle of collagen fibres and connective tissues[/image_with_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_text image=”468″]SEM of cut section of skin showing different layers[/image_with_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]While the investigation into skin’s structure was interesting and useful the plan to use medical imagery to bio inspire computation was thwarted.

Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues of plants and animals. The Welcome Trust is the source through which to request access to the imagery. From further sources, the foot imagery bank does not hold systematic zoned imagery of healthy human foot skin. If we used the method (recreating bio inspired skin structure from histology imagery), the imagery information would be incomplete and because the bank held imagery of foot skin conditions mainly, the imagery could be misleading.

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