It's what's under the skin that counts

14-Dec-2019

I love it when a plan comes together.

 

It has taken nearly a decade, but finally I've met all the right people and I'm making progress.

 

It all started with a health scare that, because of some funny proteins in a blood test, I was checked out for Multiple Myeloma. This involved getting a CT scan to check bone density. It was all clear (though I still have to check the blood every year). But of course that meant I could buy the scan data due to Freedom of Information! (A still from that scan is still my Facebook profile picture)

 Then I found a wonderful chap who works at Addenbrookes' hospital, making 3D prints of various broken and wonky bits of people to help surgeons figure out how to fix them. He could get the data out of my CT scan and create a 3D file in a more friendly format. And he could play with the settings on density etc to put out skin or bone. And make it into something that can be sent to a 3D printer!

 

(I'm making this all sound easy. It really isn't, and I've had to rely on some wonderful people to fix the files, make them suitable for a 3D printer, fill in holes where the bone was thin, smooth out the lines from the 2.5mm slices and so on. After about 4 hours of watching how to videos on youtube, I can just about rotate and zoom in on a file in MeshLab and Meshmixer.)

Yes! That's me! Without hair (or face colour). And then without skin or muscles. As it turns out, I have a very masculine jaw, which I don't think shows in real life.

 

Armed with these files, a couple of test 3D prints were made: one in flexible plastic at 20%, one in ceramic at 32%, and... I'm confident that my skull can be printed!

 

The next hurdle is doing one life size. 

That costs about £450 :(

 

I'm putting all my Christmas money towards it. And hoping some other kind people may chip in.

 

I have hopes of many fun plots and schemes to do with my skull when I've got it. First is to make a cast of it so I can make some more copies to play with! And hopefully be buried with one as an ultimate memento mori! (That should confuse whoever digs me up.)

 

But, before I can get too far with that, I need help funding it. So, here's a link to my little Christmas appeal to print my skull. Please see if you can spare a little to help, and share to friends as crazy as me!

 

gf.me/u/w632c6

 

 

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