What is 3D printing and how does it work?
3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique that uses digital technology to lay down successive layers of liquid, powder, paper, or sheet material to create physical models. By using computer-aided design (CAD) or animation modeling software, figures are sliced into digital cross-sections to create guidelines for the 3D printer to use. The printer reads the design file and deposits successive layers of material to build the object from a series of cross sectional data. The layered material sections are joined together or automatically fused to create the final model. There are number of 3D printing processes that exist, each differing in how layers are deposited or in the materials used.
3D HOPE Medical, What do we do?
HOPE in our company’s name stands for Human Organ Printing & Engineering. We manufacture the models of the human organs using the digital data from various medical imaging modalities that include computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and ultrasound. Our specialty is 3D printing of cardiac models. We also print the models of skull, mandible and other bony structures, liver with vascular and biliary trees, tracheobronchial trees and lungs. We will also explore application of 3D printing technology in simulation of the surgical and interventional procedures, and production of patient-specific tailor made implants and surgical aids.