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Vertebral Stacking Blocks 3d model
Vertebral Stacking Blocks 3d model
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148 Likes285 DownloadsOctober 9, 2022
This model is restricted by licensing terms. 


How does your spine stack up? These vertebral stacking blocks fit together to form a three-quarter size spine model. A weird Halloween Party game perhaps?

See here for assembly video: https://youtu.be/z6MckyVLsLw

This model is designed as an interactive way to learn basic spinal anatomy. If you are looking for a more robust display model, you might consider this design: https://social.thangs.com/m/60341. If you are looking for a full-size model with more biomechanically accurate movement, you might consider this design: https://social.thangs.com/m/60245

With the exception of C1 and C2, vertebrae are numbered on the posterior aspect of the vertebral body. The numbers are to assist with assembly and are hidden in the final assembled model. There was only space for numbers, so you’ll have to learn what C1 and C2 look like and be able to differentiate between cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. (It’s not that hard!)

Every effort has been made to maintain anatomical accuracy; however some small modifications were necessary to optimize the files for printing. In particular, the bone around the transverse foramen in the cervical spine, and the articular processes and lamina of the cervical and upper thoracic vertebrae have been thickened.

Anatomically, the odontoid process of the C2 axis is held in place by the transverse ligament of the C1 atlas. In this model, the transverse ligament has been “ossified” leaving a hole for the odontoid process to click into place. This hole is intentionally tight to hold it in place. Expect to use a bit for force to snap them together, or file down the surfaces of the odontoid process as needed.

Male and female connectors have of course been added to each vertebral body.

Printing: This is an intermediate project that requires good skills in setting up supports and in post-print cleaning and preparation.

The vertebrae in the files are oriented upside-down to print on the flat surface of the male connector. You will need to set up supports for the rest of the vertebral body. Be especially careful when setting up supports for the downward-oriented superior facet joints. “Tree” supports in Cura work well.

Assembly:

There are some important considerations for post-print clean-up of this model.

The fit between adjacent vertebra must be as tight as possible. Any movement between vertebra, especially the lower ones, will amplify up the spine and you will end up with an unstable spine with very poor posture!

When the pieces come of the print bed the first layer will be protruding out slightly, this is known as the “elephant’s foot.” If you try to connect the vertebra right off the print bed, this elephant’s foot will prevent the male piece from inserting. In order to achieve optimal fit, gradually file off the elephant’s foot while repeatedly attempting to connect the vertebra. As soon as you can forcefully insert the male piece, stop filing! The first few attempts to connect the vertebra should be very tight and difficult. After a few insertions, the surfaces will smooth out and you’ll be left with a nice tight connection.

Do not overdo the filing or you’ll be left with wiggly vertebrae!

Here are more of my anatomy designs you might enjoy: Flexible Three-Quarter Spine Model with Display Stand: https://social.thangs.com/m/60341 Full Size Human Foot Model: https://social.thangs.com/m/60045 Full Size Human Hand Model: https://social.thangs.com/m/60043 Full Size 18-Piece Magnetic Human Skull Model: https://social.thangs.com/m/60036 Full Sized Articulating Spine: https://social.thangs.com/m/60245 16-Piece Full Sized Brachial Plexus Model: https://social.thangs.com/m/47926 6-Piece Magnetic Female Pelvis Model: https://social.thangs.com/m/60519 Anatomically Correct Voronoi Heart: https://social.thangs.com/m/50472 Pelvis Model with Adjustable Ball and Socket Joint: https://social.thangs.com/m/60546 Novelty: Happy Halloween Articulating Spine: https://social.thangs.com/m/27750 Wearable Spine: https://social.thangs.com/m/27874 Custom Embossed Spine: https://social.thangs.com/m/32980 Skull Jewelry Set: https://social.thangs.com/m/27766 Vertebrae with Secret Compartment: https://social.thangs.com/m/363275 Brain Teaser Puzzle: https://social.thangs.com/m/333304 Tooth Dish: https://social.thangs.com/m/396068 Fingerbone Windchime: https://social.thangs.com/m/391916 Skull Windchime: https://social.thangs.com/m/391327 Skull Bulb (solid): https://social.thangs.com/m/377786 Skull Bulb (Voronoi): https://social.thangs.com/m/377785 Teeth Saucer: https://social.thangs.com/m/377781 Teeth Cup: https://social.thangs.com/m/377780 Architected Skull (hexagonal honeycomb): https://social.thangs.com/m/365051 Architected Skull (gyroid): https://social.thangs.com/m/365047 Architected Skull (FCC): https://social.thangs.com/m/365043 Skull Ketchup Cap: https://social.thangs.com/m/362347


148 Likes285 DownloadsOctober 9, 2022





This model is restricted by licensing terms. 
148 Likes285 DownloadsOctober 9, 2022
This model is restricted by licensing terms.