This is a upscale of the human eardrum designed to be a school model anyone can learn from. It's designed containing all it's real significant parts; the cochlea, stirrup, anvil, hammer, eardrum, stapes, incus, malleus and semicircular canal.
We hope this model helps teachers and even professionals all around the community teach/learn in a more interactive way cheaper and out of the bounds of paper.
As a side note, it makes a perfect decoration if you so like it.
In Zortrax you have no choice with the raft, but it should print fine without it in any other printer.
This model started as a piece of paper and some google images as a reference, we used Rhino to draw the basic forms and curves and then proceded to add up some volume to it. The key part with this particular project was to keep the original view and arrange of every singe ear component to maintain the learning/teaching aspect of it.
Project: The Educative Eardrum
Objectives: In this project students are expected to learn how does the human ear works and how is it "build" by taking this hearing mechanism in their own hands and identifying all their parts from middle to inner ear. And having a little glimpse of how sound transforms into vibration and then again into sound waves in such a minuscule instrument.
Audiences: Kids, junior high, high school, university and even professionals.
Steps: This project was wrapped around the idea that some times the best way to learn about something or to get interested in something is to get involved in int or even just to interact with it to get to see it out of books or images in summary out of a 2D world. This model is intended as a learning tool or even a cool looking desk model.
Results: This project was developed as a tool to draw every one in classroom's attention and we found out it really serves its purpose, you can not only try to make them remember all it's "parts" names but to identify each and every one of the human ear's elements (middle to inner ear). Or as an grading option to ask a student to identify a specific part of the human ear or even if it belongs to the middle or inner ear.