Ultimaker, a Dutch 3D printer company and diversified technology company Philips have entered into a strategic partnership to structure a team of engineers and develop an MRI 3D printer.
The joint project of Ultimaker and Philips is simple in concept. The two companies will develop a 3D printer that automatically 3D prints MRI scans, to provide accurate 3D models of MRI scans for surgeons.
Quite often, the details of MRI scans are hard to track and analyze, especially for complicated surgical procedures. However, a 3D model of a MRI scan would allow surgeons to look into the smallest subsections of the scans, and identify the problematic / affected area.
The two companies have chosen the Ultimaker Extended as the MRI scan 3D printer, because of its compact and high quality 3D printing standards. The Ultimaker Extended is cost efficient, low maintenance and extremely quick in prototype scans, like the MRI scans. Therefore, it is much easier for surgeons and hospitals to have a 3D printer that is relatively easy to use and to refill filaments, than other expensive and complicated 3D printers currently available on the market
The MRI 3D model printer will be showcased on the 23rd annual meeting for the international society of medical professionals in the field of Magnetic Resonance. The two companies will demonstrate the technology, and the quality of 3d models.
The Ultimaker team wrote on their bog, “For clinicians who look at MRI images daily, it is normal for them to interpret a 2D MRI scan and quickly translate that in their minds to where it should be within the human anatomy. However, to illustrate it to people who are less familiar, such as students, patients or industry outsiders, it is a lot more difficult for those who are not so well versed with anatomy to visualize the MRI in the same manner.”