Stratasys Ltd. donated its J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printers, along with the MakerBot METHOD X and MakerBot SKETCH 3D Printers, to the University of Minnesota Visible Heart Laboratories for student and physician training and medical device research. Visible Heart Laboratories is a large research laboratory located at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Stratasys Digital Anatomy 3D printers produce anatomical models that mimic the real feel, responsiveness, and biomechanics of human anatomy. Models can be punched, sutured, cut and physically manipulated like real human tissue. These attributes are particularly important to the education, research and product development conducted at Visible Heart Laboratories, the company said.
During their training, all medical students at the University of Minnesota go through Visible Heart Laboratories to learn about the benefits of 3D printing technology and how anatomical models can help them in their future practice. Visible Heart Laboratories is also committed to providing outreach education in cardiac anatomy and device therapy to students from college to clinical cardiologists.
“Visible Heart Laboratories is committed to educating the next generation of medical device developers and providing them with the capabilities to 3D print prototypes and/or virtually place devices into real heart anatomy, because today these skills are considered essential,” said Dr. Paul. Iaizzo, Visible Heart Laboratories Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School.
In addition to student training, physicians at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center use 3D printing technology to educate patients with anatomical models that represent a patient’s actual anatomy and pathology.
“We believe that the widespread use of 3D printed anatomical models in the healthcare industry would result in better, more cost-effective patient care and faster time-to-market for new innovations in of medical devices. This sponsorship allows us to support the world-class education and medical device research taking place right here in Minnesota,” said Rich Garrity, President, Americas for Stratasys.
Visible Heart Laboratories also houses the University of Minnesota’s Atlas of Human Heart Anatomy, a collection of over 800 human hearts that can be recreated with 3D printing technology for education and testing and development. of medical devices.
Dr. Iaizzo shows how a 3D printed anatomical model can be used to test medical devices. Photo credit: U of M School of Medicine | Visible Heart Laboratories