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3D printed section of thoracic cage


This 3D printed model is a section of the thoracic cage. It is printed with matte, opaque white PLA plastic and includes a set of five vertebrae and ribs. The bottom of the model is sectioned horizontally to sit on a flat surface.

Accession Number: 2017.ihpst.43

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Primary Materials: PLA


Dimensions (cm): Length: 16 Width: 28 Height: 16


This model served a demonstrative purpose for 3D printing anatomical models.

Condition: Good

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Manufacturer: Critical Making Lab

Date of Manufacture: 2014 (or) 2015


This model was acquired from the University of Toronto’s Critical Making Lab. The lab is part of the Faculty of Information’s Semaphore research cluster, directed by Matt Ratto. It has hosted a number of projects which use 3D printing as a form of “critical making”. As described on the lab’s website:

“The critical making laboratory is a shared space for opening up the practice of experimentation with embedded and material digital technology to students and faculty in the Faculty of Information. The lab provides tools, materials, and training for building devices such as wearable computers, RFID systems, ubiquitous computing networks, and other physical computing technologies. However, while the critical making lab organizes its efforts around the making of material objects, devices themselves are not the ultimate goal. Instead, through the sharing of results and an ongoing critical analysis of materials, designs, and outcomes, the lab participants together perform a practice-based engagement with the pragmatic and theoretical issues around information and information technology”.

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  • Donated to UTSIC