If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what’s a model worth? Materialise Introduces HeartPrint!

Struggling to communicate with your research team, physicians, patients, students or potential customers? Need a realistic bench top model? There’s no easier way to convey a message than having an anatomical model in your hands.

Leuven, Belgium – Struggling to communicate with your research team, physicians, patients, students or potential customers? Need a realistic bench top model? There’s no easier way to convey a message than having an anatomical model in your hands. Additive Manufacturing pioneer Materialise is proud to announce the launch of HeartPrint, a 3D printing service for patient-specific cardiovascular models from medical image data! Read below for more information or check out our catalog.

High-quality 3D printed models of patient-specific cardiovascular anatomy are useful to researchers, interventionists, educators, marketing professionals and sales team’s alike.  Materialise now offers a continously expanding library of ‘off-the-shelf’ 3D printed anatomical models as well as a service for patient-specific models printed from DICOM images (CT or MRI).  Thanks to 3D Printing technology, these models are able to combine a range of rigid and flexible materials of varying transparencies in a single print, replicating more than just the shape of a patient’s anatomy.

“At Materialise, we are proud to offer these accurate anatomical models. Our proprietary multi-material processes allow us to 3D print both diseased (e.g. calcified) or healthy anatomy. I am excited about the enthusiastic response from the market and looking forward to future advancements we have in the pipeline.” Peter Verschueren, Cardiovascular Team Leader, Materialise

HeartPrint models are ideal for device R&D (deployment studies and flow tests) and First in Man or (pre-)clinical trials (intervention preparation and training). As medical device companies are striving to get to market faster and provide solutions for as many patients as possible, the relevance of patient-data based benchtop models is clear.

With the services that Materialise offers, your higly accurate benchtop model can be designed to reflect a range of patient scans from a certain demographic or pathology and used to test the device deployment, perform flow studies, and analyze deformations in the patient’s anatomy. This allows testing of devices like stent grafts or heart valves to be deployed pre-operatively to detect possible problems in advance and design iterations to be made before expensive animal testing or first in man trials.

In addition, cardiovascular models are ideal for marketing and promotional efforts so that your devices can be shown deployed in eye-catching demo models labelled with your company logo! They have also proven to be an excellent tool for anatomy education, physician training, and communicating with a team.

“For decades, Materialise has been leading the way in the segmentation of medical data and 3D Printing. We believe that this service is a natural extension of our core competence at Materialise.” Koen Engelborghs, Director, Biomedical Engineering. To find out more about HeartPrint visit us at:  http://www.heartprint.materialise.com

About Materialise
For nearly twenty-five years, Materialise has been leading the way in the field of Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing (AM). With a machine park of nearly 100 machines, Materialise is proud to be the largest Service Bureau under one roof in the world!  We take pride in helping to advance the Additive Manufacturing industry by developing software, machines and materials that make AM more and more competitive as a viable means of manufacturing.  The technology is ideal for enhancing our medical offerings and allows us to lead the way in 3D Printing everything from anatomical models to surgical guides.