Student develops replica heart through 3D printing

A top surgeon at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre has given his backing to a new prosthetic heart designed to help train medical students.

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Plastic heart developed to help train medical students

A top surgeon at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre has given his backing to a new prosthetic heart designed to help train medical students.

Richard Arm with his creation Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm, a researcher at Nottingham Trent University, created the lifelike replica using 3D-printing. He then used silicone gels to give it the feel and texture of a real human organ.

Mr Arm came up with the idea to help trainee heart surgeons practise their skills before carrying out real operations.

Students would be able to make incisions to experience how it would feel and see what the inside of the heart looks like.

– Richard Arm

The project was undertaken with the support of the Queen's Medical Centre.

Professor Michael Vloeberghs, a consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, said:

Richard’s research has the potential to help improve the way trainee surgeons develop their understanding of critical operations like heart surgery. This could be a real benefit to way in which we educate students, by providing them with more realistic experiences before they go into live theatre.

– Professor Michael Vloeberghs

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Student develops human heart replica with 3D printer

The heart replica made with a 3D printer Credit: ITV News Central

A Nottingham research student has developed a replica of the human heart, using 3D printing technology.

The model seen on a computer screen Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm developed the technique with the backing of Birmingham's Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

It is hoped the heart will help in the education of trainee surgeons and medical students.

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