Maker mandalaFractals has created an unusual use for 3D medical imaging: From an MRI scan of his brain, he or she modeled and 3D-printed a detailed replica for use in a floor lamp.
Using special software, the maker first converted the scan data into a three-dimensional volume model. In several steps, mandalaFractals cleaned up and hollowed this model to make it printable. Only the brain halves and lampshade then had to be divided into two parts.
A smart RGB LED serves as the light source, which makes the twists and furrows stand out vividly depending on the color. According to the designer, his DIY project can be easily transferred to other MRT data sets.
Detailed instructions for the project were published on Instructables.