Producing a 3D Scan and Print of Face Transplant Donor

This scan and print was created to allow an open casket funeral for a face donor.

This experience helped me learn that a simple technique, like scanning, can have a have a big impact. The donor’s family was able to process their grief while also providing another person with a life-changing transplant.

Along with logistics and staying prepared— my team and I we were on call for most of the year since donors can become available without notice— teamwork and communication were critical. The time span we had to work with was considerably condensed: setup, scan, mesh generation, clean up, print, post-process print (remote support material, bathe, and dry), and deliver, all within 16 hours.