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Stratasys launches BioMimics service


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BioMimics mirrors intricacies of soft tissue and hard bones via multi-material 3D printing, eliminating restrictions associated with training and research.

Stratasys unveiled its new service that offers the highly advanced capability to 3D print medical models that are engineered to meet demands of the industry’s leading hospitals, researchers and medical device manufacturers.

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True-to-life anatomical structures: A pedicle screw driven into 3D printed model of a patient’s spine. (Photo: Business Wire)

BioMimics will initially be offered in North America as a service through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. The service will provide incredibly realistic, functionally-accurate 3D printed replicas of complex anatomical structures.

The goal of this initiative is to empower more effective medical training, education and advanced device testing.

BioMimics effectively mirrors the intricacies of both soft tissue and hard bones via multi-material 3D printing, eliminating restrictions associated with training, research and testing on animal, mannequin, or cadaver models.


Combining Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology alongside new materials and software, organizations can create specific 3D printed models that match what professionals encounter during live medical scenarios.

Additionally, OEMs can gain real-time feedback on device performance in realistic environments – prior to actual deployment.

BioMimics offers customers clinically accurate representations of complex human anatomies from microscopic patterns of tissue to replicating soft to hard texture of body structures.

Available today in North America through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, BioMimics is initially designed to model the complexities of heart and bone structures, with vascular anatomies expected in early 2018.

Engineered alongside the industry’s top researchers and manufacturers, the service empowers customers to either capitalize on a variety of existing BioMimics models, or design enhanced anatomical structures that match distinct clinical requirements.

Leveraging BioMimics, surgical trainees practice on 3D printed heart with congenital defect. (Photo: Business Wire)

“As one of the top research and pediatrics hospitals in Canada, SickKids is committed to unprecedented innovation to positively impact the well-being of children around the world. We have developed new training programs through 3D printing that allow surgeons to practice procedures on replicas of real patient’s pathology,” said Shi-Joon Yoo, MD, PhD, Cardiac Radiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Medical Imaging and Pediatrics at University of Toronto.

“BioMimics enhances the realism and clinical validity of the models even further – allowing the surgeons to develop the techniques and skills that will translate into live patient cases.”


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