Consultation, projects, services

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No matter which project or anatomical query it may concern. For your detailed consultation and the optimal implementation of your project our knowledge and extensive experience, as well as an international network of anatomical institutes and specialists stand at your disposal.

Detailed background information about plastination techniques are available in the AHE Special Issue about Plastination. Find examples of specimens done with various techniques > here.

Your plastinate is a lasting and valuable acquisition. Under certain circumstances the value of a plastinate can increase several fold above the preparation costs within a few years. With our service offers we want to support the longevity and recoverability of your plastinate.

A number of the services we offer are:
◊ Sheet-plastinate polishing with Acrylic Protection Layer (APL)
◊ Re-embedding of Sheet-plastinates into APL
◊ Construction of stands and illumination for plastinates
◊ Glass display cabinets/show cases for preparations
◊ Repairs

Care instructions
Plastinates are individual natural preparations. Handling needs to be adapted to the various properties of the plastinate. Please direct any questions to HC Biovision.

Protect your Sheet Plastinate against damaging influences, e.g.
◊ Objects or surfaces that might scratch APL
◊ Knocks or blows, or even falling over, that could e.g. lead to a damaging or    detachment of APL
◊ Avoid extreme temperatures

Allow HC Biovision to re-embed your Sheet Plastinate, should e.g. damage during a fall or complete detachment of APL occur.

The resin restores the clarity and transparency of the plastinate
Epoxy clarifying embedding

Sheet plastination

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Sheet plastinates are transparent preparations depicting the inner structure of the body. HC Biovision uses the self-developed and patented Tissue Tracing Technique (TTT), allowing visual detail unachievable with any other imaging technique.In TTT sheet plastinates
◊ the specific course of anatomical structures (e.g. nerves, blood vessels etc.) can be studied,
◊ the thickness of the plastinate can be individually adapted to the optical properties  of various tissue areas,
◊ a slice thickness of under 0.1mm can be achieved.


fish anatomy sheet plastination sectional anatomy

Anatomical corrosion casts (blood vessel configurations)

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Casting liquid plastic into a system of hollow cavities creates anatomical preparations, which after setting are separated from the surrounding tissue.
Naturally casts of the vascular system are the most frequent and impressing corrosion preparations.
But also airways, bile ducts, urinary tract system and lymphatic system can be visua-lised. In addition casts of e.g. nasolacrimal ducts or the auditory system in relation to casts of the body surfaces or combined skeleton-vessel-preparation can be created.

HC Biovision is capable of individually adapting the flow and solidifying behaviour of plastics, in order to optimise the portrayal of embedded subtleties (e.g. blood capillaries or endothelium cell nuclei).

Heart blood vessel and heart chamber corrosion cast
Heart and coronary vessels cast

S10 silicone figure plastinates

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Figure plastinates can be easily handled and viewed from all sides, even though their appearance compares to that of anatomical wet preparations. They feel dry and clean. Thereby the haptic impression developed through touching and feeling the plastinate stands in the forefront. Structures poorly understood from pictures or models, such as heart valves, hollow organs or nervous tissue, are made visible and comprehensible.

Figure plastinates play an important role as auxiliary material in courses and anatomical preparation classes. Clinical examinations, e.g. gastroscopy, can be realistically recreated and stages of preparation demonstrated step by step.

dog´s heart
S10 silicone plastinate of a heart with opened chambers

Resin embedded milk tooth

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Der erste Milchzahn steht für zwei der ersten Höhepunkte im Leben Ihres Kindes. Sein Erscheinen im Unterkiefer des Babies wird wohl eher von den Eltern als großer Moment wahrgenommen. Wenn sich dann aber ein paar Jahre später dieser Zahn als erster wieder verabschiedet, hat dies auch für das Kind selbst einen ganz besonderen Zauber.

Trotz Zahnfee und anfänglicher Begeisterung landet der erste Milchzahn oft in einer schlichten Dose, wo er bald zusammen mit den hinzukommenden weiteren Milchzähnen vergessen wird. Auf die irgendwann kommende Frage “Wo ist eigentlich mein erster Zahn geblieben?” folgt dann die Ernüchterung: Wo ist die Dose? Welcher war der erste Zahn von wem? Warum sind die Zähne in der Dose gebrochen und zeigen Risse im Schmelz?

Eine Einbettung des Zahns ist deshalb die perfekte Alternative: Denn als museumstechnische Einbettung ist der Milchzahn SICHER aufbewahrt, ÄSTHETISCH anzuschauen und mit Beschriftung auch UNVERWECHSELBAR dem Kind zuzuordnen. Selbst ältere durch unsachgemäße Aufbewahrung gebrochene Zähne können in vielen Fällen wieder zusammengefügt und ohne deutlich sichtbare Risse eingebettet werden.


Kunstharzeinbettung Zahn
Milchzahn in Kunstharz mit Lasergravur

Ethics and philosophy in plastination

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In all our projects and especially in the production of teaching preparations our companies philosophy stands in the forefront.
Ethics-Aesthetics- Didactics

1. Ethics: Exclusively harmless animal material is used in the production of preparations at HC Biovision. Origin and condition are controlled and comply with our own, as well as strict legal requirements. Human preparations are only made in line with scientific projects and in cooperation with human medical institutes.

2. Aesthetics: Without deviating from realistic presentation, preparations are created optically appealing. The consistently positive impression an anatomical presentation communicate, embeds itself into the long term memory of the observer and is linked to learned knowledge.

3. Didactics: In an increasing virtual and unreliable world of information, only what is truly comprehended and recognized convinces far more. The plastinate should be taken into the hand and sensed in its entirety – from the general overview to its finest microscopic detail.

Prerequisites consequently are:
◊ Manageability
◊ Stability

◊ Meaningful subject matter
◊ Appealing optics

References plastination Dr. Christoph von Horst

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My plastination work in print media and TV
◊ Bayerisches Fernsehen

◊ ServusTV
◊ EtsyTV
◊ Sueddeutsche Zeitung – Wissen
◊ Die Pferderegion
◊ Hallertauer Zeitung
◊ Bayernkurier
◊ Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung

Conference speeches and oral presentations
◊ Keynote address at Plastination conference in Toledo, USA 2011
◊ American Association of Veterinary Anatomists 2011
◊ International Conference on Plastination
◊ Interim ISP meetings on Plastination
◊ EAAV and ECAMS conference
◊ Presentations and posters in various conferencs and meetings

Other publications
Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia Special Issue about Plastination

Scientific Projects
◊ Universitites and Veterinary Faculties worldwide

Exhibitions and Events
◊ Nature museums worldwide

Individual preparations for marketing purposes
◊ Pharmaceutical companies, etc.

Demonstration aids and research specimens
◊ Universities, schools, nature museums,veterinary clinics, surgeons and farriers