3D printing in X-ray and gamma-ray imaging: A novel method for fabricating high-density imaging apertures

Brian W. Miller, Jared W. Moore, Harrison H. Barrett, Teresa Fryé, Steven Adler, Joe Sery, Lars R. Furenlid

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Advances in 3D rapid-prototyping printers, 3D modeling software, and casting techniques allow for cost-effective fabrication of custom components in gamma-ray and X-ray imaging systems. Applications extend to new fabrication methods for custom collimators, pinholes, calibration and resolution phantoms, mounting and shielding components, and imaging apertures. Details of the fabrication process for these components, specifically the 3D printing process, cold casting with a tungsten epoxy, and lost-wax casting in platinum are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-268
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 11 2011



  • 3D printing
  • 3D rapid prototyping
  • Lost-wax pinhole casting
  • SPECT aperture fabrication
  • Tungsten powder casting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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