Low Investment, High Impact 3D Printing for Healthcare

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.

Often, however, cost and complexity limit adoption of the technology that promises to push medicine forward. According to surgeons, radiologists, medical device designers, and engineers around the world, Formlabs is changing the game.

Affordable, professional-grade desktop 3D printing opens the door to high-impact medical applications, while saving organizations significant time and costs from the lab to the operating room.

Formlabs powers custom healthcare solutions at:

“From complicated anatomical models for our children’s hospital, to creating training systems, and finally entering the dental clinic with implant surgical guides, Formlabs' Form 2 has 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, Instructor, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Director, 3D Printing Lab, Northwell Ventures, Northwell Health

Medical Applications for 3D Printing

Surgical Planning Models

Ultra-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.

Models printed on the Form 2 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.

Learn to 3D Print Anatomical Models

Medical Devices & Surgical Tools

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.

Medical device engineers at companies like DJO Surgical and Coalesce use the Form 2 to accelerate product development by iterating complex designs in days instead of weeks, at a fraction of the cost of outsourcing or silicone molding.

See the Impacts of In-House Prototyping

Custom Ear Molds

Audiology labs of all sizes are using stereolithography 3D printing to manufacture custom soft ear molds with consistent quality and accuracy.

After shifting the production of soft silicone ear molds to a digital workflow, The Listening Stack estimates it reduced remakes from 20 to less than 8 percent, saving significant time and costs.

How to 3D Print Custom Silicone Ear Molds

“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

“As demand increases, so will our need for efficient high quality production. I can buy one industrial 3D printer for the same cost as 10 Form 2s, and with the Form Cell I won't have to worry about all the tedious work. It's a no brainer for us!”

- Justin Stack, founder of The Listening Stack

See how medical professionals are already using the Form 2 in our collection of research publications.

Formlabs is an industry-leading provider of 3D printers and materials that are used by healthcare providers to support the practice of medicine.

3D models courtesy of:

The Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) (skull) and Axial3D (foot)

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