Addion, an Austrian 3D printing service provider specializing in custom-made 3D printed medical models, has chosen the Stratasys J750 3D printer to create surgical models for ophthalmology.
Previously, eye models were painfully unrealistic but by using Stratasys full-colour multi-material 3D printer and partnering with medical training solution and provider Addion and Eyecre.at, Artificial eye models with a high level of realism were achieved.
This technology gives companies and healthcare providers a realistic eye model that will improve product testing and surgical training.
Using Addion’s 3D eye model, companies can now develop, progress, and demonstrate medical devices, while physicians can perform surgical training on eye operations.
Creating 3D eye models by themselves is a stressful and complicated process.
The eye’s watery and ultra-soft tissue makes it very difficult to replicate using current medical scanning devices. which means the models are created using anatomical drawings.
Ultra-Realistic Eye models from addion
However, previous 3D-printed models lacked realism due to limited material and color options.
Alexander Hechenberger, Addion GmbH CEO, says, ” Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D printer offers original materials such as TissueMatrix and GelMatrix, including full-colour efficiency. It allows Addion’s team to mimic ultra-soft, watery tissue and make 3D printed models with lifelike accuracy.”
He also added, “The potential with the Digital anatomy is untold
and despite successes, we are barely scratching the surface in terms of the technology’s possibilities.”
A good example is producing an eye model where the cornea can be attached and detached.
With a tenth of a millimetre skin layer,it can be detached with very small, precise instruments, implanted, and reattached.
This level of detail was previously unattainable.
Along with the Stratasys 3D printer, Addion is using Stratasys’ GrabCAD print software to advance design-print workflow
Furthermore, Hechenberger said “initial experiences with the GrabCAD have been on the positive end.
The software enables a dynamic workflow from data to printing and will hopefully prove helpful as experience with the digital anatomy printer increases.”
In the future, Addion GmbH is planning to further create other anatomy models in order to take advantage of Stratasys’ material offerings.
- BoneMatrix for mimicking Bone structures
- And Tissue Matrix for vascular structures.
The adoption of a digital anatomy printer by Addion GmbH According to Arnaud Toutain, Stratasys Healthcare sales and development lead for EMEA shows the potential of the technology.
Through lifelike eye models,
we are seeing the new potential in ophthalmic 3D model precision and intricacy.
It represents the fast-paced growth of the 3d printing medical sector,
Where biomechanical materials that go beyond simple style continue to open up a wide range of new applications within a myriad of disciplines.
Source: Medtech, incus media