Ultimaker attains medical certification to create Orthopedic, Maxillofacial and Cardiovascular models
Ultimaker gains certification as part of Materialise 510(k) cleared Mimics inPrint software
What does this certification mean?
While a growing number of free and commercial medical imaging software is available, in some cases within the United States, models marketed for diagnostic use must be prepared using software cleared by the FDA, such as Materialise Mimics inPrint.
Dedicated to fostering secure, accessible, and reliable 3D printing environments in the world of patient care, Materialise was a natural choice to bolster Ultimaker's offerings. “This solution we’ve developed with Ultimaker will improve access to 3D printed anatomical models to aid in surgical planning and multidisciplinary team communication,” explains Bryan Crutchfield, vice president and general manager of Materialise North America. The large build volume of the Ultimaker S5 allows for true-to-size models that open new doors for patient care and communication.
Revolutionizing patient care
With the continued adoption of 3D printing for treatment planning and diagnostics, hospitals are recognizing that tangible, anatomically correct models make it easier to diagnose patients, plan surgeries, and discuss treatment where they would otherwise need to rely on 2D images. “The Materialise certification of the 3D printing workflow when used with Mimics inPrint reduces the safety and quality-control burden on doctors and hospitals with its clearance by the FDA,” says John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America.
As 3D printing continues to change the face of diagnostics and care in the medical space, Ultimaker is proud to offer an affordable, steadfast option for hospitals that create 3D models from 2D scans. The partnership between Materialise and Ultimaker only enhances research flexibility and clinician communication, with reliability that reduces the strains of quality control and reduces the barrier to access for new technologies.
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