3D printing leader Stratasys Ltd. has donated several 3D printers to research labs at the University of Minnesota.
The Rehovot, Israel-based company shipped printers from its Digital Anatomy and MakerBot product lines to UM Visible Heart Laboratories in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. These laboratories support medical research, student and physician education, and the development and testing of medical device products.
Stratasys digital anatomical 3D printers create anatomical models that mimic the real feel, response, and biomechanics of the human anatomy, including models that can be pierced, sutured, cut, and physically manipulated like real human tissue.
During training, all UM medical students use Visible Heart Labs to learn about 3D printing technology and how anatomical models can help them in their future practice. Visible Heart Laboratories also provides education in cardiac anatomy and device therapy for students from middle school age to clinical cardiologists.
In a press release, America’s President Rich Garritty said that Stratasys ‘believes the widespread use of 3D printed anatomical models in healthcare will lead to better and more cost-effective patient care and faster time-to-market for innovative medical devices.’
In addition to educating medical students, patients, and physicians, 3D printing technology in Visible Heart Labs supports medical device research in a variety of coronary medical device applications.