Bon Verweij is a neurosurgeon at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He first became fascinated by 3D Printing over ten years ago, and has tried to use the technology to improve his capacities as a surgeon ever since. One of the first areas of neurosurgery he could imagine innovating with 3D Printing was the skull.
A research team led by Tuomas Tallinen (Department of Physics and Nanoscience Center, University of Jyvaskyla), Jun Young Chung and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan (Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University) is studying the folded structure of the human brain. Their findings published in Nature Physics indicate that the convoluted structure can be attributed to mechanical compression. A 3D-printed model was used by the researchers to support their theory.