The use of 3D printing has dramatically expanded over the last decade, with printers now available to create extremely lifelike and highly precise rendering of both geometric as well engineered items. In fact, many prototypes in the engineering field are now generated with 3D models, reducing the cost of prototyping and decreasing time to market with unique designs.
The use of 3D printing is not just reserved for engineering. In fact, there are many different options in 3D printed anatomical models that are available for use in universities, colleges and in medical offices and facilities. These models are very accurate and offer an alternative to traditional options in anatomical models found in these same types of facilities.
One of the advances offered by 3D printing technology is the ability to provide the finest details in 3D printed anatomical models. While traditional types of models have an extraordinary level of detail, the 3D printing allows for even the finest details of soft tissue, bone, and musculature with the body.
This is due to the ability of the 3D printer technology. Traditional models are manufactured with a casting process. The extremely fine details are then applied through hand painting, which gives a visual representation but not the true 3D effect.
The laser printers used in the production of life-size or smaller 3D printed anatomical models can produce the actual structure, providing an exact replica and not just a life-like appearance.
Lower Cost of Production
With full automation of production combined with the ability to print continuously, these models are lower cost to produce than the traditional models that are cast, hand painted and hand assembled.
With lower costs and higher levels of detail, these 3D printed models are now commonly found in teaching hospitals and universities around the world.