Congresos de la Universitat Politècnica de València, Systems & Design: Beyond Processes and Thinking

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Design of training materials for teaching anatomy.
Juan Sebastian Avila Forero

Última modificación: 19-07-2016


The present work is part of the Doctoral Research in Design, Manufacturing and Industrial Projects Management of the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) and is incorporated in the PhD project called ¨The implementation of digital design and manufacturing technologies in the teaching of anatomy¨. It is based on the experience as a thesis director in the Design Faculty of the University El Bosque in Bogota. The project discussed thereafter aims to strengthen the skills of students in Industrial design. With a strong technological component, the project’s method relies on the elaboration of a design project, in order to deepen the knowledge of organic 3D modeling techniques and digital sculpture, taking advantage of the boom in digital manufacturing. The project focuses on strengthening the students’ communicative and interactive skills with third parties, it particularly empowers the cognitive abilities needed to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Here the study case concentrates on education in health sciences, specifically the teaching and learning of anatomy in different disciplines. In the initial phase of the project, 3-dimensional physical teaching materials were selected to provide the pedagogical approach to Anatomy and Dental Morphology classes of the Faculty of Dentistry. Said materials constituted the starting point for further experiences and indeed it triggered the implementation of various similar projects with other departments at the UEB, all aiming to facilitate the experience of teaching - learning, guaranteeing students a theoretical and practical training through three-dimensional resources. The main feature of such training consists in a better comprehension of information, thanks to a direct and concrete interaction. This article seeks to illustrate the use given to digital design and manufacturing technology to expand the range of opportunities that could be transmitted to students in academia and such process could permeate non-traditional fields for future industrial designers, demystifying their profile solely as form-esthetics configurators toward eventually emerging as leading projects coordinators in a multidisciplinary field of work. 3D printers of fused deposition modeling (FDM) can create complex didactic models. The present paper will discuss the results of the first year and a half of work based on the academic results of design students under the direction of Professor XXX, PhD student at the UPV.


Palabras clave

Anatomy, 3D Print, Digital sculpture, Teaching, Medicine

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