Design and manufacture of embryological models for didactic use


  • Henrique Nunes Pereira Oliva Faculdades Integradas Pitágoras de Montes Claros (FIPMoc)
  • Ramon Nogueira Dias Faculdades Integradas Pitágoras de Montes Claros
  • Humberto Gabriel Rodrigues Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros



Embryology, 3D Printing, Teaching, Education, Computer Aided Design


Some areas of knowledge are usually related to a high degree of abstraction involved in the object studied. In the case of the embryology study, for instance, the students’ learning difficulties are recurrent due to a lack of didactic resources, which may aid the interpretation process of the figures presented in related literature. Based on the motivation to improve university education, specially  in the area of biological sciences, the present work aims to represent in three dimensions, stages of the human embryological development. SolidWorks 3D modeling software was used, as well as didactic material related to the subject of embryology, conception and human development, such as books, atlases and scientific papers. There were designed, in 3D software, models representing the stages of human embryonic development. This means of production allowed the elaboration of exclusive anatomic models, with low cost (less than R$100,00 for more than 10 parts) and ease of visual interpretation. The models were designed in scale, such that it was possible to compare models that represent distinct periods of ontogenic development. It was possible to contribute to an improvement in the understanding of the topic of embryology for students with major related to health, through the visualization, in three dimensions, of models that are sometimes very expensive as physical pieces, or even nonexistent in market.


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Author Biography

Henrique Nunes Pereira Oliva, Faculdades Integradas Pitágoras de Montes Claros (FIPMoc)

Professor dos cursos de Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia de Produção (FIPMoc).
Acadêmico do curso de Medicina (FIPMoc).

Mestre em Engenharia Mecânica (UFMG). 
Bacharel em Engenharia Mecânica (UFMG).





How to Cite

OLIVA, H.N.P., DIAS, R.N. and RODRIGUES, H.G., 2019. Design and manufacture of embryological models for didactic use. Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 1256–1261. [Accessed23 April 2024]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v35n4a2019-42649. Available from:



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