Point-of-Care 3D Printing
Start and scale a sustainable 3D printing lab at your hospital with confidence
Personalized patient care is increasingly becoming a reality, driven by technological advancements such as 3D printing and advanced visualization techniques. Having a dedicated in-house facility and support from Materialise engineers can cut days off the 3D printing process, support innovation initiatives, and result in lower overall costs incurred by the hospital.
The point-of-care 3D printing workflow
1. Image acquisition and segmentation
Combine automation with smart editing tools
2. Virtual planning
Make critical decisions preoperatively to ensure better surgical outcomes
3. Design for 3D printing
Use the patient’s anatomy as the starting point for better accuracy
4. 3D printing
Print with hardware and software that’s fully certified for diagnostic applications
6. Post-processing and quality assurance
Finalize models in accordance with your quality management system framework
7. Final model
Your medical device is now ready to use
A holistic platform tailored to your needs
Use an end-to-end solution consisting of printers, materials, and software that can be tailored to match your hospital’s needs as they change. Materialise is there to support you along the way, leveraging 30+ years of experience working with hospitals.
Quality and safety are the priority
Set up a successful quality management system and use materials, software, and hardware certified for diagnostic use to ensure safety. You can count on Materialise support to guide you with software, qualified workflows, and training.
Become part of a global community
Join our network of 450+ hospitals that have successfully implemented 3D printing and planning with us to gain access to training courses and events where you can discover best practices, the latest technology, and more.
Proven results that improve patient care
With 3D printing solutions, you can gain more insights and confidence before entering the OR, easily collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, reduce the length of hospital stays, and improve patient communication and consent.
What can you achieve with point-of-care 3D printing?
Surgical planning with anatomical models
Use anatomical models — virtual or 3D printed — for preoperative planning to determine the most effective treatment plan and reduce time and costs in the operating room.
Create personalized surgical guides using sophisticated, industry-leading design tools to accurately execute your surgical plans in the OR.
Research and education
Teach the new generation of healthcare professionals with robust 3D printing tools and 3D models. Students can see, touch, and simulate interventions with realistic 3D-printed models.
Short and long-term outcomes of three-dimensional printed surgical guides and virtual surgical planning versus conventional methods for fibula free flap reconstruction of the mandible: Decreased nonunion and complication rates (2021)
Medical 3D Printing Cost-Savings in Orthopedic and Maxillofacial Surgery: Cost Analysis of Operating Room Time Saved with 3D Printed Anatomic Models and Surgical Guides (2019)
3-Dimensional Printed Anatomical Models as Planning Aids in Complex Oncology Surgery (2016)
Patient-Specific 3D Models Aid Planning for Triplane Proximal Femoral Osteotomy in Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (2017)
Three-Dimensional Analysis of Isolated Orbital Floor Fractures Pre- and Post-Reconstruction with Standard Titanium Meshes and "Hybrid" Patient-Specific Implants (2020)
In the medical field, this directly impacts the experience a patient and their family have with healthcare systems. If you give them a 3D model that they can see with their eyes, they have a much better understanding of what is going on.