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Overview

3D Systems has been instrumental in establishing this industry segment with over 25 years of anatomical modeling experience. This offering focuses on taking medical images from digital medical imaging data to a 3D physical representation of any anatomy in a variety of materials.

 

Anatomical Modeling Service

Utilizing the 3D Systems anatomical modeling service, the surgeon provides a CT or MR scan of their patient and our team of engineers will process the data, design the model and 3D print it using our state of the art fleet of 3D printers. The model is then shipped to the surgeon for use in pre-surgical planning, pre-surgical rehearsal, educational purposes and can even be used in a sterile environment depending on the material.

 

  • Material Options

    Sterilizable

    SLA (Stereolithography)

    SLA models are 3D Systems’ premier offering for custom anatomical models. These highly accurate models of any anatomy begin with expert image processing of the CT/CBCT input data. SLA models are offered in opaque white and translucent with a unique ability for selective coloration whereby the model can contain a deep red coloration to highlight vital structures such as tumors, vascular structures or tooth roots. Following the medical imaging step, which reconstructs the two-dimensional images into three-dimensional files, these files are sent to our fleet of state-of-the-art stereolithography additive manufacturing machines. These machines typically produce single or multiple models over many hours, in a layered, additive fashion. Models are made in a biocompatible resin, which is UV-cured layer by layer by an ultraviolet laser. Once complete, the models are sent through our intensive quality control system and readied for shipment to the surgeon. SLA models can be sterilized, if needed, for reference in the sterile field during the surgical procedure. Typical turnaround can be from one to two weeks with faster turnaround possible for urgent needs.

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    Non-Sterilizable

    CJP (ColorJet Printing)

    CJP models are available in opaque white or full-color and are ideal for pre-operative planning and education. These highly accurate models of bony anatomy begin with expert image processing of the CT/CBCT input data. Following segmentation, the three-dimensional files of the bone structure are sent to a Color Jet printer, utilizing inkjet printing technology. Layers of powder are bound together, forming the model in a layered fashion over the course of several hours. Following production, the models are quality control checked for accuracy before being prepared for shipment to the surgeon. These models are not meant to be used inside the sterile field.

    MJP (MultiJet Printing)

    MJP Models are highly accurate and can be printed using multiple materials including flexible material which is ideal for pre-surgical rehearsal. MJP printers simultaneously print and fuse together flexible and rigid material composites layer by layer at the pixel level in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3D Systems’ printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small models. These models are not meant to be used inside the sterile field.