Stratasys' BioMimics can 3D-print bones and hearts for physician training
Stratasys has launched a new effort called BioMimics. It couples 3D printing with various materials and services to create lifelike anatomical structures. The company said it developed BioMimics to offer bone and heart models. Typically, physician training revolves around expensive animal, mannequin, or cadaver models. Stratasys' multi-material 3D printing mirrors soft tissue and bones and eliminates associated costs. BioMimics will combine Stratasys' PolyJet 3D tech and materials to match what medical pros see in real life. BioMimics will be able to replicate hearts, bones, the spine and its discs and ligaments. BioMimics can even go custom to replicate a diseased vessel of a 50 year old with calcification and plaque. Hearts will be available in a full range of conditions from adults to pediatric patients. Early partners include The Jacobs Institute, SickKids and the University of Toronto. This industry-specific approach is a well-worn strategy in enterprise software and technology.