3D Printing

Rapid, accurate, full-colour 3D Printing in Media Studio

Also known as additive manufacturing (AM), this rapidly advancing technology has many applications in medicine, surgery and biomedical science. 3D prints can be made in a wide range of materials, including plastics, resins, hardened plaster and various metals. See some examples below and contact us to find out how AM can help you.

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The Ti plate shown in position on a plaster model of the cranial defect

Titanium cranioplasty plate: L) The titanium cranial plate is printed using a laser sintering technique, which is a form of additive manufacturing (3D printing), and finished to a smooth surface with rounded edges. The holes around the perimeter are designed precisely to fit the surgical screws with which the plate is attached to the skull. Other holes permit fluid transfer and the suturing of structures around the brain to the plate. R) A hardened plaster model of the patient’s skull defect, derived from CT data, was used to confirm the accuracy of the plate’s conformity to the skull’s contours.

Plaster model of brain tisue derived from scan data

Virtual model of brain vasculature showing arteries (red) and veins (blue)

Pelvis in clear resin segmented from a CT scan

Complex traumatic pelvis injury with artificial support structures in green

Facial reconstruction. (l to r): 1. Model segmented from CT scan with loose bone fragments. 2. Bone fragments held in situ by artificial support structures (in green). 3. Benchtop reconstruction for surgical planning and plate forming. 4. Postoperative model showing finished reconstruction with metal plates in grey.

Cranial defect for prosthetic implant manufacture

Complex ankle fracture for surgical planning

Soft tissue segmentation

Vasculature of kidneys (with a cyst on the R kidney)

Various parts manufactured with low-cost FDM printing

Watch a 3D print being made using FDM printing

Watch a 3D print being made using binder jetting