Big Heart Data

Project: Big Heart Data
Client: Kings College London

Cellule were commissioned by the London Science Museum to develop an installation on the theme of Spare Parts.

Each human heart has a unique anatomy that changes over time and can be influenced by our lifestyle and environment.

What if you could foresee how your own heart would develop and grow?




Medical imagery


3d Printing



“Each human heart has a unique anatomy.”

Starting from a speculative exploration in the role of digital tools in the representation of our organs and our relation to personalised treatment and self-care, we could see a huge potential in 3d printed models to support psychological support of patients and communication with the clinical team.

In collaboration with CME at Kings College London and 3d printing local factory Batchworks, Big Heart Data is a low cost and open source manufacturing system of medical data.

“3d printed models to support the clinical team.”

Big Heart Data explores the role of 3D printing and parametric modeling in cardiology, and its potential in a personalised healthcare system. The project has a system for creating personalized digital and 3D-printed models of hearts, which can be used to help medical doctors and facilitates communication within the medical team and patients.

Using large data sets and artificial intelligence software, computer scientists and clinicians are now aiming to make predictions about the growth and development of individual human hearts from birth through to adulthood.

Designer Salomé Bazin and researcher Pablo Lamata from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London developed Big Heart Data to demonstrate the potential of software systems, and design, to visualise future changes in the heart.

By 3D printing heart models from datasets, clinicians and patients can physically encounter an organ before an operation.