Cutting edge cancer radiation treatments are being developed using LulzBot 3D printers!
Alex Markovic is an oncologist at Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley Colorado. Alex and his team came up with the idea of using scans of patients to create a 3D printed “bolus” mold that conforms precisely to each patient to optimize the distribution of radiation treatments. After purchasing a LulzBot TAZ 6 and Flexydually v2 toolhead to test their designs, Alex and his team have received 3D Printer training and consulting from IT-Works 3D to improve their skills and results. It’s been a pleasure to do a small part to move this new medical treatment forward!
The LulzBot Mini made a beautiful print, and the build volume was “just right” for a plastic ant. A good rule of thumb- If you need a LulzBot TAZ‘s build volume, your ant is going to be too heavy (ask me how I know..).
I created the model in Autodesk Fusion 360 (free for maker / student / non-commercial use!!) which has been an easy to use yet staggeringly powerful 3D modeling tool for quickly iterating through designs. The cloud sync makes it a snap to move between computers!
The key to is the infill pattern. I was experimenting with different infill patterns in the new CURA 2 LulzBot Edition Alpha and chose cubic for it’s strength. By happy accident, the combination of the translucent green INOVA-1800 and cubic infill yielded this cool pattern! Pictured don’t really do it justice as the surface is shiny, and the pattern shifts as it catches the light.
ABS is a staple 3D printer filament that’s versatile, strong, heat resistant, and inexpensive. Chroma Strand Labs brings you a new level of performance, quality, and fantastic color saturation with new American made HIGH IMPACT ABS!
Chroma Strand maintains stringent controls for dimensional accuracy, and uses premium dye packages to ensure impressive colors (seriously, the photos don’t do it justice, we need better photog skills!) and consistent printing color to color and batch to batch. If you want shiny, deep colors in ABS, this filament should be your new go-to.