Clinical 3D Lab

Clinical 3D Lab

3D4MED IS THE FIRST CLINICAL 3D PRINTING LAB
IN ITALY AND ONE OF THE FIRST WORLWIDE

The laboratory is located at the DEA building of IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo of Pavia, in a strategic position to facilitate the communication and interaction between surgeons and engineers. An exhibition area in front of the laboratory helps the dissemination of our innovative service to clinicians and patients.

Our activity in not limited to our hospital: we strongly support the creation of new laboratories worldwide and we produce models also for external research centers and hospitals. Join our network

3D Printing lab

A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR
AN EFFECTIVE AND CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT

THE 3D PRINTED MODEL
HELPS THE SURGEON IN:

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Surgical planning

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Surgical training
and simulation

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Intra – operative navigation

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Communication with patients

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THE LAB

3D4MED is equipped with all the hardware and software necessary to perform the entire process, from medical images elaboration to the production of the 3D printed model. We are equipped with:

  • Image elaboration and segmentation software
  • Software for virtual models’ manipulation for 3D printing
  • High resolution professional 3D printers
  • Post-processing and finishing instrumentation

THE LAB IS EQUIPPED WITH
DIFFERENT 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES:

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Stratasys ObJet 260 Connex 3

  • PolyJet printer with photopolymer resins
  • Multi-material printing with deformable and transparent polymers
  • Printing volume of 255 × 252 × 200(h) mm
  • Extremely fine details: layer thickness up to 16 μm
  • Suitable for models of soft tissues
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3DSystems ProJet 460 Plus

  • Binder jetting technology employing plaster powder
  • Full color prints with 2.8 milion colors
  • High precision (layer thickness of 100 μm), low production times and costs
  • Printing volume of 203 x 254 x 203(h) mm
  • Suitable for models of bony structures
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Formlabs Form 2

  • Stereolithography printer employing photopolymer resins
  • Wide range of photopolymers, including deformable and transparent resins
  • High precision (layer thickness of 100/50/25 μm) and low production costs
  • Printing volume of 145 x 145 x 175(h) mm
  • Suitable for models of vascular structures

Thanks to the 3D printers available in the laboratory, we can select the most suitable technology according to the destination of use of the 3D printed model.

Using an Objet260 Connex3, 3D models can be printed in colored and deformable resins. This technology enables the tuning of deformability and transparency features, allowing to replicate both morphology and mechanical properties of soft tissues. Deformable models can be particularly useful for surgical simulations performed through robotic or laparoscopy approaches: the surgeon can perform the surgery directly on the 3D printed model, anticipating and preventing possible issues related to the specific surgical procedure.

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The Projet460 Plus 3D printer enables the production of plaster models with a full-scale chromatic resolution.  The availability of a full-color resolution is extremely helpful for the manufacturing of models intended for didactic purposes or to explain the procedure to the clinical staff and to the patient, thanks to an effective chromatic discrimination of all the involved anatomical structures.

Plaster 3D printed models can be particularly useful for the planning of interventions involving bony structures. Since the 3D printing material faithfully replicates bones mechanical response, plaster models can be used to model templates, to apply plaques and to select the most suitable surgical instruments before entering the OR and perform the surgery.

Thanks to a FormLabs FORM2 and to the use of a transparent photopolymer resin, we can produce models particularly useful for vascular surgery. Models allow the surgeon to better appreciate the vascular morphology and possible anomalies, to test the apposition of vascular endo-prostheses and to assess their positioning, supporting the choice of the most suitable device for the specific clinical case.