Materialise, headquartered in Belgium, is a leader in 3D printing solutions for the world. And when they launch a new product or service, you can bet that it’s something that will make an impact, and usually in the medical field. This week they announced the launch of AnatomyPrint. This expands the world of 3D printed medical models even further—a world that Materialise has been greatly responsible for creating altogether.
With AnatomyPrint, medical professionals can look forward to having 3D printed models delivered to them in a service that was highlighted to the public by Materialise at the 2016 RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting at in Chicago, being held through December 1st. This only accentuates the line of solutions that Materialise already offers for the medical field, to include:
- Medical 3D printing software
- High-end anatomical model for surgical preparation and planning
- Printing services including segmentation and design services
With this launch, Materialise sees their line of solutions for the industry being well-completed. And users should find the service to be incredibly user-friendly—a far cry from the days when few knew about the existence of 3D printing, much less its wide range of uses in medicine. After uploading their digital files and then selecting a 3D printing material, the user just sends the information to Materialise. They do the rest of the work, producing an anatomical model that is considered a Class 1 medical device and is meant to serve numerous purposes from helping in diagnosis and treatment plans to educating patients and their families on procedures, as well as training medical students and surgeons, and even acting as guides from within the operating room.
With AnatomyPrint, there is no headache involved in purchasing hardware or maintaining 3D printers and materials.
“High quality 3D printed anatomical models serve as a valuable visualization and education aid for medical professionals working with peers as well as with patients,” said Materialise Founder and CEO Wilfried Vancraen. “AnatomyPrint offers a fast and easy way to order and print models from STL files that can be generated from the DICOM images that medical professionals work with on a daily basis. This is an important service for medical professionals working in organizations without in-house 3D printing capabilities, as it allows them to access these models and stay up to date with the latest industry technology without making a major investment.”
Also in the news at RSNA: Carestream Medical has announced that they will be partnering with Materialise at the event. The provider of dental and medical imaging systems, along with IT solutions, will be using AnatomyPrint as they create 3D printed medical models for customers.
Siemens Healthineers, a leader in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, and healthcare information technology, will also be at RSNA, highlighting Materialise Mimics technology. Their program is on display in Siemens Healthineers’ exhibit, located at RSNA, located at booth #1936. Also, be sure to check out AnatomyPrint at the Materialise exhibit at booth #7808 in North Hall B and at the Carestream exhibit, located at booth #4704 in South Hall A.
“Anatomical models are the new standard of care in hospitals, and our partners are facing increased demand for convenient and complete 3D printing solutions to deliver the models to their customers. Materialise has a sole focus on 3D printing, and our partners see the value they are able to deliver to customers with our assistance and expertise in the field. Our solutions are open and flexible, so we are able to provide the backbone for any 3D printing implementation desired. This flexibility and expertise is why new partners continue to choose Materialise for 3D printing software and service needs,” said Vancraen.
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