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Stratasys Shows How 3D Printing Improves Patient Outcome and Hospital Efficiency

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 12 Nov 2018
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Image: At MEDICA, Stratasys showed how 3D printed models are improving patient outcome and hospital efficiency, while also offering live on-stand medical 3D printing (Photo courtesy of Stratasys).
Image: At MEDICA, Stratasys showed how 3D printed models are improving patient outcome and hospital efficiency, while also offering live on-stand medical 3D printing (Photo courtesy of Stratasys).
Stratasys Ltd. (Eden Prairie, MN, USA), a pioneer in 3D printing technology, demonstrated how 3D printing is improving patient outcome and hospital efficiency at MEDICA 2018.

Stratasys works with companies around the world, helping them develop perfect 3D printing solutions. 3D printing enables engineers in the medical device industry to optimize the R&D process of a new medical instrument, and additionally provides new capabilities for surgeons to establish an individual therapy for patients. For instance, the company’s products for pre-clinical testing validate device performance on patient-derived 3D printed anatomical models versus existing models such as animals and cadavers. Based on real patient imaging, 3D printed models mimic a variety of tissue properties in a single print. Stratasys’ medical 3D printing solutions help accelerate product development from 3D printed concept models to preclinical testing, allowing manufacturers to gain certainty, test anywhere, and mitigate cost overruns.

Additionally, surgical teams can use the 3D printed models to plan therapeutic approaches, and make more efficient use of expensive operating room time. 3D printed multi-material models can also replicate the complexity and wide range of patient pathology, making them superior tools for medical education. Also, manufacturers can get to market faster with clinically meaningful and marketable products, using 3D printing solutions to rapidly produce prototypes with the shape, texture, and material properties of any medical device.

At MEDICA 2018, Stratasys showcased a range of detailed medical case studies, including the University Hospital Mainz/Germany, as well as the University Hospital Basel/Switzerland and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham UK. Visitors to the Stratasys stand at the event discovered how 3D printed models are improving patient outcome and hospital efficiency, while also witnessing live on-stand medical 3D printing. In addition, the company also demonstrated how 3D printed anatomical models created a new level of medical training for tomorrow’s doctors and surgeons.

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