3D Printing Application Spotlight: Anatomical Models

By Samantha Bild on

3D printing is thriving in the health and medical industries – and for good reason. The practicality of utilizing 3D printing to create realistic anatomical models is quickly being recognized. Watch our video to find out how clients at the National Institute of Health are using 3D printing to study the bonding behavior of protein molecules. 

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Some of the most common applications in the medical industry are preclinical medical device testing, pre-surgical planning models, and medical training models. Here’s why: 

Increased Customization
The human body is complex, and there are limitations to what an off-the-shelf anatomical model, animal or cadaver can provide to a physician in training or surgery. 3D printing allows hospitals and other medical stakeholders the opportunity to fabricate simulated relevant anatomical models with live-tissue characteristics from patient data.

Brain Vascular System Printed on a Stratasys J750

Eliminate Tooling & Minimize Cost
One of the biggest and most obvious benefits of 3D printing anatomical models is the cost advantage; reducing the cost of an anatomical model to a fraction of the price compared to traditional models. Model fabrication is expensive due to low volume manufacturing runs with unique requirements. 3D printing allows for multiple materials to be printed at once. Simulated soft tissues, muscles, cartilage and bones can all be printed in a single job. 

Print Anytime, Any Place 
Time reserved for manufacturing, shipping and transporting the anatomical models to the final destination can result in missed opportunities. This problem is virtually eliminated when using an in-house 3D printer. The models can be designed and stored digitally and printed when necessary, mitigating cost overruns. Digital storage also eliminates the possibility of the model getting damaged in transit and having to wait for another model to be created and shipped.

Applications for 3D printing in the health and medical industries are evolving on a daily basis. Click the button to learn more about the capabilities of the J750.