Advancements in 3D Printing Medical Models


Custom Anatomical Models

The medical industry is rapidly embracing the cutting-edge production of 3D printed anatomical models for pre-operative procedural planning. 3D printed pre-procedural models are low-cost and are customized to individual patients. Created from medical scans, the printed models provide physicians the opportunity to map out their procedures in a no-risk surgical setting. The rapidly produced and quickly delivered models assist with procedure validation, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

Anatomical models are produced from 3D CAD models generated seamlessly from medical scans to represent patient-specific anatomy. Surgeons can plan and practice surgical procedures on a patient’s modeled organ in advance of an operation.

Stratasys’ PolyJet technology is one of the fastest on the market, and Stratasys Direct has industry leading capacity. Models are delivered in a matter of days, meeting the demands of the time sensitive medical situation. To be most effective, anatomical models should possess the vibrant blues, reds and nudes true to actual human anatomy. PolyJet delivers with a full range of color options, textures and transparencies. These options enable the medical professional to make the authentic anatomical color distinctions that enhance the utility of the model.

BioMimics™: Bringing Medical Models to Life

Our technology partner Stratasys announced a breakthrough in realistic medical models that mimic real human anatomy. BioMimics recreate complex anatomy, pathology and variability in rich detail, providing realistic models for a broad range of clinical scenarios. The library of models available include pediatric hearts, spines with vertebrae, lumbar, scoliosis and degenerative disk, long bones like femurs and radius, and vascular, TAV and neurovascular parts.

Created from patient studies including pathology, BioMimics are anatomically accurate, biomechanically realistic, highly functional, and unshackled from the cost and inconvenience of animal and cadaver labs. They come in a range of tissue properties and integrate anatomical microstructures, such as bone internal structures. The models are perfect for simulating clinical procedures such as drilling and reaming, cutting and suturing, and device placement.