Medical Case Studies

3D printing helps save lives

From battling diabetes to little Emma’s “magic arms,” medical professionals are using 3D printing to help them save lives and improve health.

Learn how health care heroes are innovating faster, breaking barriers and doing more with less thanks to 3D printing.

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Acist Medical Systems

Acist Medical Systems continues to explore how FDM can help it improve creativity and efficiency, and lower costs throughout all manufacturing aspects. 

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Medical

FDM

Altimate Medical

After integrating the easy-to-use BST 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. 

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Medical

FDM

Arch Day Design

“With the Alaris30 we get better designs, faster and at significantly lower cost when compared to outsourcing” 

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Medical

PolyJet

Biorep

It took just six months to move Biorep’s Silicone Membrane Petri Dish from the drawing board to its current status: field testing in a number of labs. “Six months is an incredibly short time to get a medical device into field testing,” says Echeverri. “Our ability to produce rapid prototypes inhouse cut the development time in half.” 

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Medical

PolyJet

Casa di Cura

In addition to safer surgical procedures, using the Dimension 3D models has also helped the team reduce the amount of time patients are under anaesthetic. For example, by performing a ‘dry run’ using a model of a patient’s actual jaw, the team has found that surgery time is between 10 – 15% shorter than it was prior to using Dimension models. 

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Medical

FDM

Centre for Biomedical and Technology Integration

Lifelike Multi-Material Models Aid Surgeons

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Medical

PolyJet

DeRisi Lab

DeRisi hopes 3D printers will one day be as accessible as document printers. To help others get started making their own equipment, DeRisi Lab maintains 3D Printables, a library of .stl files including a magnetic cell purification jig, a tip loader and several gel combs. 

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Medical

FDM

Instrumentation Laboratory

The company discovered that FDM prototypes help engineers move more quickly to an optimized design, and allow for incorporation of greater contributions from the manufacturing team and suppliers.

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Medical

FDM

Ivivi Technologies

The integration of the Eden350 into the product development and production cycle at Ivivi has been an unqualified success, yielding a positive return on investment in less than one year. 

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Medical

PolyJet

Logica

Using rapid prototyping enabled Honeywell to get valuable user input at an early stage in design.  

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Medical

FDM

Medtronic

“The financial advantages of including FDM technology in the prototype lab are evident to McDonald. “Now we can refine our designs more before we start cutting metal, which is where the dollars start going up exponentially. 

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Medical

FDM

Nemours

3D Printed "Exoskeleton" Lets a Little Girl Lift Her Arms and Play. 

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Medical

FDM

Orchid Design

Rapid prototyping with the Objet Alaris30 has been particularly helpful for determining the functional requirements for the very small parts commonly used in the orthopedic field: the Orchid team can print out a prototype at 5-10x size to see how it will function, and adjust the design if necessary. 

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Medical

PolyJet

Script Pro

"Flexibility is, by far, the strongest feature of the Fortus system," says Thomas. "We can experiment with product design, test it, and make changes without having to go to tooling. 

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Medical

FDM

The MetroHealth System

Models produced on the Eden500V are durable, with exceptionally fine details and an outstanding surface finish – all necessary for ensuring the high degree of accuracy required by the MetroHealth surgical team. 

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Medical

PolyJet

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

“FDM dramatically reduced both the cost and time involved in making these components while the additive manufacturing process provides nearly unlimited design flexibility. We see this approach less as rapid prototyping and more as a method of flexible manufacturing,” Fischer said. 

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Medical

FDM