A patient in Argentina, in need of an artificial jaw, received a 3D-printed implant that fit perfectly thanks to a design engineer working 5,500 miles away in the Canary Islands with software that is typically used to develop video games. That is the mashed-up world that Belgian industrial designer Sebastiaan Deviaene lives and, by all appearances, thrives in. He was profiled this week by dezeen magazine in its Future Makers series, a collaborative project with Autodesk that highlights how designers are using digital tools and advanced techniques to push the boundaries of design and manufacturing technology.
Working with the medical engineering department at Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, a government-funded industrial research and development organization based in the Canary Islands, Deviaene designs custom-fit implants for reconstructive surgery in animals and humans, writes dezeen, an influential magazine and website devoted to architecture and design. He worked with local company Raomed to design the device for the Argentinian patient.