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Polyjet Technology Shapes Breakthrough in the Treatment of Brain Aneurysms

To better understand the unique anatomy and placement of Flint’s aneurysm, Dr. Siddiqui worked with Dr. Ciprian Ionita, at the Jacobs Institute, to convert Flint’s CT scans into a 3D computer model they could manipulate and print. Having a 3D printed model of her aneurysm allowed the surgical team to plan and test the best treatment for her specific situation and condition. The 3D printed model replicated the geometry of Flint’s aneurysm, but more importantly, it also mimicked the feel of human tissue and vascular structure, giving the medical team greater confidence in how a surgical device would interact with her anatomy.

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Strtatasys 3D Printers Dramatically Increases Success-Rates of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeries

“We use the most sophisticated imaging systems, echocardiography and CT angiography, to study peadatric heart defects. But for a surgeon, there is something more compelling about holding an exact replica of her heart in my hands. My team was able to visualize the operation before we started. We knew the safest approach, and confidently made a smaller incision. I’ve seen surgeons get lost doing rare operations [like Mia’s] - the 3D model allowed me to proceed through Mia’s operation with confidence because I knew her unique anatomy perfectly.”

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CTI uses Dimension 3D Printing to Facilitate Advanced Skull Reconstruction

CTI has used Stratasys 3D Printers since 2005. Today, it has two machines that run on FDM technology, including a Fortus 3D Production System, as well as a Connex 3D Printer, which uses PolyJet technology. “We were pleased with the results provided by the FDM technology,” says Jorge Vicente Lopes da Silva, head of the DT3D. As the volume of projects grew, CTI wanted new equipment with new features. “We needed highly accurate, multi-material 3D printers; the Fortus adapts well to industrial applications and the Connex is useful in medical applications, in soft structures such as nerves and arteries.”

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FDM Technology Assists Development of Next-Generation Medical Technology

Cardiac Design Labs first outsourced the production of casing prototypes to a service bureau, which used another 3D printing technology. The quality of those prototypes was substandard, brittle and prone to breakage after trial productions, as the material was not durable enough to withstand functional testing. CDL then switched production to an in-house Fortus 250mc 3D Printer and ABSplus thermoplastic to prototype the system casings. Stratasys 3D printing helped Madanagopal arrive at an optimized design more quickly than CDL expected. The printed models were so precise that engineers could perform functional testing on the living hinges and snap-fit closures.

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3D-Printed "Exoskeleton" Facilitates Mobility Little Girl

Fifteen kids now use custom 3D-printed WREX devices. For these littlest patients, Rahman explains, the benefits may extend beyond the obvious. Prolonged disuse of the arms can sometimes condition children to limited development, affecting cognitive and emotional growth. Doctors and therapists are watching Emma closely for the benefits of earlier arm use.

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Multi-Material Colour 3D Printing with Stratasys Technology Enables Bio-Texture Modelling of Internal Organs

Since 2011, Dr. Maki Sugimoto, associate professor at Kobe’s Graduate School of Medicine, has incorporated PolyJet multi-material 3D printing technology into medical training and surgery preparation. In 2014, the medical school decided to further realize the potential the technology offers by adding an Objet 500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer to its facility.

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Cardiology Institute Uses 3D Printing to Diagnose and Treat Cardiac Disease

The Dante Pazzanese Cardiology Institute (DPCI) is using 3D printing to help diagnose and treat cardiac disease. Established in 1954 and internationally renowned for specializing in the treatment of severe cardiac conditions, the hospital and research center has been using an Objet 350 Connex multi-material 3D printer since 2012. A multidisciplinary team of doctors and engineers use it to print 3D prototypes of a patient’s arteries, and to use those models to test how a patient’s artery will behave during a catheterization procedure.

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Altimate Medical Stands Up to Service Bureaus

After integrating the easy-to-use Dimension into their design process, the Altimate team realized an immediate return on its investment through its ability to quickly make models in-house at a substantially reduced cost, improving their design process and saving time and money. "A model that cost $1,000 and took three weeks to get from a service bureau can now be made internally for around $100." 

- Gabe Routh, Product Development Manager, Altimate Medical Inc.

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Logica's Medical Device Prototype Used for Surgery; Convinces Physicians of Tool's Potential.

Often when a new medical device is introduced, users are skeptical as they can't see it in action. Logica dramatically increased user understanding and acceptance of its new technology with a strong, heat-resistant prototype assembly created through Fortus and used in more than two dozen surgeries as a functioning prototype.

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Medtronic's Sofamor Danek Prototype Lab Cuts Delivery Time for Surgical Instruments.

With surgeons needing working instruments ASAP, the in-house prototyping system employed by Medtronic is a critical, easily justified aspect of its operation. The company cites lower costs, better communication through working prototypes and immediate redesign options as just a few of its benefits.

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Using Fortus systems, Script Pro Saves 79% of Cost of Creating Key Component of Pill Dispensing Systems.

Script Pro's Fortus system paid for itself within months as it eliminated costly tooling and machining for a highly customized part. Plus, stock can be created in days and changes made on the spot, to better meet customer needs. For just one part alone, $30,000 was saved on engineering time and tooling.

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Medical device maker reduces design time by 96% and costs by 90%

Spacelab Healthcare engineers can freely test every design without cost or time limitations with in-house rapid prototyping. Speed to market is improved, with prototypes available in 10 hours versus two weeks. ROI on FDM machine was realized in just over a year.

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