Design devices starting from the patient's anatomy

When creating a patient-specific device, using the patients anatomical shape as the starting point for your design, often leads to the best device fit.

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Given the complexity and variability of anatomical shapes, creating an efficient design workflow, while maintaining sufficient detail and ensuring the file can be manufactured is challenging.

Unlike traditional CAD packages, Materialise 3-matic allows you to work directly on the triangulated surfaces, so you retain the all-important details and complexity from start to finish.

This makes it the go to software for designing patient specific implants, surgical instrumentation, anatomical models and benchtop models

Why choose 3-matic

Print a 3D model directly using the STL files (no need to convert from CAD)

Reverse engineer and continue in a CAD package

Smoothly export to a wide range of the most popular FEA solvers

Use Materialise 3-matic to

  • Convert your 3D models into Finite Element meshes and export to the most common FEA solvers.
  • Design patient specific devices on complex anatomical shapes
  • Prepare files for 3D printing, or reverse engineer and continue in a CAD

Rely on an Entire Platform

Materialise 3-matic is the component of the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite, the Most Advanced Toolkit for Engineering on Anatomy.

Applications of the Mimics Innovation Suite

Post-Operative Analysis

Post-operative device analysis using CT scans can be expensive and sometimes simply impossible, as patients do not necessarily want to undergo the CT radiation of an extra scan. Similarly, cadaver tests can be both time-consuming and expensive.

Anatomical Measurements

Complex anatomical measurements, cardiac anatomy and movement characteristics, analyses of pathologies or bone thickness, comparisons with statistical models; when you are dealing with complex operations, you want to concentrate on the results, not the tool.

Benchtop Model Design

As a researcher, you are always mindful of the fact that anatomical devices will be placed in bodies. So ideally, you should be able to design with that in mind. Our Mimics Innovation Suite enables you to carry out 3D anatomical model generation for bench testing, education, hands-on procedure training and marketing.

Virtual Surgery

Whether planning for patient treatment or designing a new implant, you want to make the right decision. Move forward confidently by simulating the procedure and analyzing the device fit on a patient’s actual anatomy. The Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite takes you seamlessly from scan to virtual surgery, taking away the guesswork.

Patient-Specific Device Design

As device designers, the clock is always running. At the same time, designing patient-specific devices requires a total focus on quality. Materialise provides high-quality tools that are developed to ensure that you streamline the design process while meeting the quality requirements of patient-specific devices. In addition, our services mean that you can tap into the flexibility of high-level automation if needed.

Other Applications

The expertise and experience that lies behind the development of the Mimics Innovation Suite is put to use in several other fields. Often, this is related to the power of specialized patient-specific tools. In archeology, for example, bone fragments and skeletons have been analyzed for historical research. Looking further back, some applications are used in the study of fossils.

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Materialise medical device software may not be available in all markets because product availability is subject to the regulatory and/ or medical practices in individual markets. In countries where no regulatory registration is obtained of Mimics and/or 3-matic Medical, a research version is available. Please contact your Materialise representative if you have questions about the availability of Materialise medical device software in your area.