Polymer 3D printing solutions provider Stratasys has entered an agreement with Ricoh USA for the delivery of print-on-demand 3D-printed anatomic models for clinical settings.

Stratasys’ patient-specific 3D solutions integrate the firm’s 3D printing technology, Axial3D’s cloud-based Segmentation-as-a-Service solution, and Ricoh’s precision additive manufacturing services into a single convenient solution.

The new service is based on an existing relationship between Stratasys and Ricoh 3D for Healthcare that aims to enhance access to 3D-printed medical models.

3D-printed anatomic models help practitioners plan and practice complex surgeries by offering realistic and specific visualisations of a patient’s anatomy.

The Digital Anatomy technology offered by Stratasys can also transform these models into biomechanically realistic ones, providing the responsiveness and feel of real tissues.

With this latest offering, clinicians and patients will get better access to patient-specific 3D-printed models for pre-operative surgical planning, surgical education and diagnostic use.

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Furthermore, the models can be used by clinicians to show treatment decisions to patients and surgical staff.

Using 3D models for surgical planning will help enhance clinical outcomes and boost savings through improved productivity.

The companies’ collaboration will allow customers to upload medical files to a secure cloud-based service, where Axial3D’s software will use artificial intelligence to automatically transform medical scans into 3D printable files.

The files can then be printed on Stratasys 3D printers at Ricoh’s facility and directly shipped to care facilities.

This will allow the process to be completed in days, rather than the normal timeframe of weeks, as well as remove the requirement for on-site 3D printing equipment or additive manufacturing technical expertise.

Stratasys Patient-Specific Solutions general manager Ben Klein said: “We offer a simplified and scalable, comprehensive solution that increases access to patient-specific 3D-printed models in a fraction of time to help deliver highly personalised treatment and care.”