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, 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
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.
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.
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“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, patient information, and institutional requirements before 3D printing or using anatomical models. For more information, visit our regulatory information page.