Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

3D printing is commonly used in complex surgery, but most surgeons order externally-made 3D prints. Dr. Goldie wasn’t content with this arrangement. It was very expensive (hundreds of pounds per print) and required weeks for the 3D prints to be delivered.

Solution

Solution

In preparation for surgery, the radiographers take a CT scan and save the data to CD for review. Dr. Goldie then converts the medical scan into a printable model using free, open-source software (slicer.org). With his Ultimaker 2+, he then prints the bone in a matter of hours – depending on the dimensions required.

Cost comparison

External supplier

Ultimaker 3D printer + proprietary software

Ultimaker 3D printer + open-source software

Cost $850/model Cost $345/model Cost $7/model
Time 2 weeks/model Time 5 hours/model Time 2.5 hours/model

Using his Ultimaker 3D printer and open-source software, Dr. Goldie reduces the time involved with bone model preparation from weeks to hours while saving significant costs which depend on both model size and level of complexity.

Results

In-house accessibility of the technology

In-house accessibility of the technology

Customized models are printed on demand and are no longer dependent on third-party suppliers. It’s intuitive, easy to get started, affordable and fast.

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Scalable custom-made models

Scalable custom-made models

3D printed models of critical anatomical areas can be tailored to fit any unique requirement. You get precise results no matter how complex the model.

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Quick turnaround time of model fabrication

Quick turnaround time of model fabrication

Using his Ultimaker 3D printer, Dr. Goldie reduces the time involved with bone model preparation from weeks to just a few hours and costs were lowered by 100 times.

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Low-cost, effective visualization aids

Low-cost, effective visualization aids

The desktop 3D printer and open source software produce bone models at a fraction of the cost of prints produced by external suppliers.

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