As usual, inventive minds are developing innovative uses for 3D printing. This time European medical technicians developed an “anatomically correct 3D rapid prototyping model” of a patient’s heart in an STL file. They then used a 3D printer (Zcorp 510) to punch out the model. Why do this? Because they were then able to easily plan a “resection of a left ventricular aneurysm and right ventricular tumor”. The 3D printed model provided a more easy method for detailed planning than visualizing the cardiac structures on 2D screens – and of course it also did not involve opening up the patient!
By Kerry Stevenson
Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!View all of Kerry Stevenson's posts.