The growing use of 3D printing in hospitals

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The growing use of 3D printing in hospitals

As part of isodo3d’s plan to provide an end-to-end 3d printing service, having an in-house 3d printing bureau is essential.

It was this facility that enabled us to gain international news coverage for an operation our managing director, John Cousins underwent to remove a 3.5cm ‘stag-head’ kidney stone. The bureau was able to generate a 3d model of the kidney and stones, which we printed on our ProJet 660Pro printer. The models were then used during John’s operation and resulted in the procedure being faster and more accurate. Due to the success of John’s operation we are now looking to conduct medical trials to prove the technology and its benefits, which has a direct impact on both patient recovery time and significantly for the NHS, the cost of the operation.

We are actively looking to expand this side of the bureau to bring medical 3d printing to the masses instead of just a select few patients. Looking to the future we will be trying to increase the number of procedures that can exploit this technology, with a view to make 3d printing within the NHS common practice. 

As well as the medical sector we have also recently produced a number of full colour architectural prints which have impressed both our customers and their clients. Many architects currently use traditional handmade models which take a long time to produce and have a lower impact on their client than the 3d printed counterparts. 

Our bureau can produce full colour models, using a colour pallet which includes up to 6 million colours, in a fraction of the time it takes to produce traditional hand-made, single colour models. This gives our customers the option to apply a photo-realistic render to the outside of the model which helps convey the look and feel of their design more effectively.

In addition to the architectural and medical side of the bureau, we are also contacted on a regular basis by designers and engineers wanting to prove design concepts as well as having working prototype models, for presentations to both clients and colleagues. Another benefit the designers notice is the improved tactility of their designs, which have been taken from the screen into the real world, for testing and evaluation. This gives the designers the chance to identify any design flaws before the design is taken to the production stage where the cost of these changes would be more significant.

If any of the above has sparked your interest please feel free to contact me

Matthew Todd – 13th Feb 2015 

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