3d Printing

The breast solution: How myReflection is taking 3D printing to women with mastectomies

3D printing

The breast solution: How myReflection is taking 3D printing to women with mastectomies

3D printing has hit headlines for its many uses since its mainstream conception around a decade ago, but one field where it’s being used somewhat silently and to a huge advantage is medicine. A prime example of this is a New Zealand company designing 3D printed breast prostheses called myReflection. Anna Bradley-Smith talks to the founders of the product, who are helping women recover a sense of themselves after a mastectomy.

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It has been three years since German cyclist, Denise Schindler, became the first athlete to compete with a fully 3D-printed prosthetic leg at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Now, Zenith Tecnica, the only company in New Zealand harnessing EBM technology to supply and manufacture 3D printed titanium components, has revealed their recent collaboration with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ). A supplier to Formula 1 teams, America's Cup Regatta teams, manufacturer of medical implants and instruments and even having manufactured components in space.


Dan Heyworth is the CEO and founder of Box, the only combined registered architectural practice and registered master builder in New Zealand. Here, he outlines why despite advances forward in 3D printed housing, a shake up to the construction sector isn't imminent – yet. He also explains how the role of architects is changing, and construction companies are now leading the way in innovation.

AI for an eye

Lauren Vasey, research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart, chats about the role artificial intelligence and machines are playing in design - and how the construction industry is poised for a rapid disruption.


Architecture and design are reaching new heights with the development of visualisation technology, making concepts all the more real.