Personalized, precision medicine is on the rise. New tools and advanced technologies are bringing doctors closer to patients, delivering treatments and devices customized to better serve each unique individual.
In the past, cost and complexity limited adoption of 3D printing, which always had the promise to push medicine forward. According to surgeons, radiologists, medical device engineers, and researchers around the world, Formlabs is changing the game and democratizing access to industry-leading technology.
Affordable, professional-grade desktop 3D printing opens the door to high-impact medical applications, while studies show organizations saving significant time and costs from the lab to the operating room.
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“From complicated anatomical models for our children’s hospital, to creating training systems, and finally entering the dental clinic with implant surgical guides, Formlabs' 3D printers have increased our capabilities and decreased our costs, all while allowing us to provide tools to treat patients that would be next to impossible to replicate without our go-to SLA printer.”
- Todd Goldstein, PhD, Director, 3D Printing Lab, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell Health
“Materialise is committed to removing barriers for 3D printing in the medical industry. We're proud to be the first company in the world to receive FDA clearance for software that is intended for 3D printing anatomical models for diagnostic use, and to have Formlabs' Form 2 be one of the first validated 3D printers, helping to expand access to patient-specific care to more hospitals.“
- Fried Vancraen, CEO, Materialise
Medical Applications for 3D Printing
Surgical Planning Models
Precise, patient-specific tactile reference models help physicians better prepare for complex cases and operations while improving patient consent, lowering recovery time, and minimizing time and cost in the OR (case study).
Models printed on Formlabs 3D printers are commonly used in orthopedic, cardiothoracic, vascular, OMFS, oncology, urology, plastics, and pediatric cases. 3D printed aneurysm models help one of the largest university hospitals in Germany reduce risks during brain operations.
Medical Research + Innovation
Patient-specific anatomic models are being used by top-ranked institutions to enhance the clinical experience for surgeons, OR teams and patients around the world. Watch our webinar with the Mayo Clinic to hear its experience as a leader in medical 3DP and pioneering research to advance the practice of medicine. Those interested in experimental applications using biocompatible resins, such as fixation trays, contouring templates, and implant sizing models, are welcome to view the biocompatible chapter within the webinar and read a relevant publication from Mayo.
Formlabs is pleased to inform the medical community about our acquisition of Spectra, a materials company with nearly 20 years of experience in photopolymer chemistry. In addition to the Dental-specific portfolio available today, Spectra will be dedicated to designing and manufacturing future materials for medical applications within its US-based, ISO 13485 certified facility.
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Medical Devices & Surgical Instruments
High-precision 3D printing allows designers to rapidly prototype devices and tools in-house, from concept models to functional testing with materials that closely match common injection-molded plastics.
R&D teams at over 90% of the top 30 medical device firms use Formlabs 3D printers to accelerate product development by iterating complex designs in days instead of weeks, at a fraction of the cost of outsourcing or silicone molding.
Insoles & Orthotics
Patient- and customer-specific insoles and orthoses have led to a better fit, better outcomes, and a better experience for patients, athletes, and consumers around the world. Watch the video and read about how an engineer reinvented ankle braces to enable his child to walk for the first time.
Formlabs is working with pioneering physicians, healthcare systems, and companies to make 3D printed orthoses more accessible, affordable, and effective. Sign up to learn more about how Formlabs is advancing the field.
“3D printing allows for a cost-effective, rapid, and accurate representation of both anatomy and pathology, which in turn provides an avenue for more comprehensive pre-surgical planning, solidification of abstract research concepts, and improved patient care through physician education and training.” - Dr. Gene Kitamura, 3D Printing Lab Medical Director, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
“Before DJO Surgical brought the Form 2 on board, we relied almost exclusively on outside print vendors for prototypes. Today, we are running four Form 2 machines, and the impact has been profound. Our rate of 3D printing has doubled, cost has been reduced by 70 percent, and the level of print detail allows for clear communication of designs with orthopedic surgeons. Formlabs has changed how we work.” - Alex Drew, Mechanical Project Engineer, DJO Surgical
“Formlabs tools are game changing. The Form 2 is my first line when I want a rapid, high resolution print and is in every sense my right-hand printer and resides in my office. The interface allows individuals in my lab to quickly become comfortable with operations and the versatility of the material choices has allowed for tremendous innovation for our group.” - David Zopf, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Michigan Medicine
Formlabs is an industry-leading provider of 3D printers and materials that are used by healthcare providers to support the practice of medicine. Please consider local regulations, material data sheets, PHI, and institutional requirements before 3D printing and/or using anatomical models. For regulatory information related to printing preoperative planning models, visit our regulatory information page.
3D models courtesy of:
The Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) (skull) and Axial3D (foot)