Visualisation capabilities

The most powerful way to explore and fully realize the richness of information contained in the high-resolution 3D dataset from our CT systems is to use our visualization tools.

We strongly encourage the use of the incredible Drishti visualisation software. Drishti is an open-source scientific visualisation software designed by Ajay Limaye at the National Computational Infrastructure's VizLab.

We use Drishti extensively to showcase our work and is the perfect tool for producing images and movies to effectively communicate your ideas.

More Drishti information, tutorial and downloads (for Windows, Mac and Linux) are available on github.

Two open access Visualization workstations are available for booking at the CTLab for registered users.

Drishti workshops are run on a regular basis, please contact us to find out more.

Photonic crystals, 270 micron diameter with 5 micron channels

Wasps nest, courtesy of Phil Spradbury

3D printing

Our two high fidelity 3D printers are perfect for bringing virtual models back to material reality, ready for displays, presentation and teaching. If a picture paints a thousand words then...

ProJet 4500


  • Full colour capability
  • Build Volume 203 × 254 × 203 mm
  • Layer Thickness 0.1 mm
  • Minimum Feature Size 0.1 mm
  • Build Material VisiJet C4 Spectrum (polymer)

'The ProJet® 4500 gives you the power to make ready-to-use, flexible, strong parts, colored pixel by pixel, with superior surface quality...

Combine outer beauty with inner toughness and have durable, full-color plastic parts ... Using ColorJet printing technology and the VisiJet® C4 Spectrum™ plastic material, the ProJet 4500 allows you to quickly create true-to-life prototypes of your end product, accurately display vital features, and produce high-resolution, customized models.'

Z Printer 650


  • Full colour capability
  • Build Volume 254 × 381 × 203 mm
  • Layer Thickness 0.1 mm
  • Build Material Composite Zp131 Powder (gypsum)

The 3D Printing System is based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's patented 3DP Technology (3D Printing). This is a full-colour 3D printer ideal for fine detailed models.

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