The laser cutter only allows to do 2D cuts, thus I was interested in using this limitation and find a way to create a 3D model. I used a technique that does the opposite – translating from 3D into 2D, and reconstructed the image back to 3D. I used an MRI mapping which creates a segmentation of body parts in general and brains in particular. In order to do that, I used the Harvard Medical School’s website. The brain I chose to work with is of a person with Huntington disease.
First, I used a sacrificial acrylic sheet that I found in the shop. Following that I used an acrylic I bought at Canal Plastics.
I chose to work with a “green Edge” acrylic which gives the slides a glass appearance.
The brain’s images are easier to see against a light source.