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Stratasys 3D Printing of Prosthetics Devices Spurs Innovation for VA Challenge

Stratasys was pleased to join the VA and 125 contestants for the VA Innovation Creation Series: Prosthetic and Assistive Technologies Challenge at the VA Medical Center. The two-day event, which was held by the VA (US Department of Veterans Affairs) in collaboration with Stratasys, brought together veterans, designers, 3D printers and industry experts to develop innovative solutions and designs to improve the care and quality of life for veterans, as well as patients on a broader scale.  

Annika Gets 3D Printed Arm from Dolphin with Prosthetic Tail

Annika Emmert shares a special connection with Winter the Dolphin – the star of the “Dolphin Tale” movies. Annika was born with amniotic banding, resulting in a shorter right arm and a hand that did not form properly. When Dolphin Tale came out, Annika felt an immediate connection with Winter who swims with a prosthetic tail.   Shortly after, Annika got the opportunity to meet the team from Orlando-based Limbitless and get a 3D printed bionic arm. Limitless uses Stratasys 3D Printers to produce their customized limbs, taking advantage of the durable 3D printing materials and the ability to produce…

3D Printed Heart Model Helps Change Prognosis for 5-Year-Old Mia

Five-year-old Mia Gonzalez suffered from a rare heart malformation known as double aortic arch, causing her serious breathing problems. Often misdiagnosed as asthma, this serious condition requires a complex surgical procedure.   Dr. Redmond Burke, Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and his team perfected her surgery before entering the operating room by 3D printing a model of her heart based on her MRI scan.   Watch this emotional video to see how Mia’s family and her surgical team leverage Stratasys 3D printing to give her a new lease on life.  

3D Printed Vascular Model Helps Surgeons Cure Brain Aneurysm

The Jacobs Institute (JI), working alongside physicians at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute and biomedical engineers at the University at Buffalo, teamed up with Stratasys to design a revolutionary new approach to repair the complex brain aneurysm for a lucky mother-of-three.   The life-like 3D printed vascular replica significantly reduced risks associated with this complex surgery and corrected a near-fatal condition.   This stirring video illustrates the life-saving power of 3D printed surgical guides as surgeons can now practice and evaluate complicated procedures on precise replicas of patient anatomies.  

Combatting Vascular Diseases with 3D Printed Anatomical Models

The Jacobs Institute is renowned for pushing the boundaries of innovation to combat vascular diseases. And Stratasys 3D printing is proving to be one of their most effective technologies.   Patient CT and MRI scans are transformed in just a few hours into accurate, life-like 3D printed anatomical models. These patient-specific models can be used to test complicated procedures before surgery – impossible to do any other way – as was the case of patient who required a complex brain aneurysm procedure.   The 3D printed models are also unparalleled clinical education aids and allow students to prepare for a…

Complex Surgical Training with Realistic 3D Printed Simulators

Just like a flight simulator, anatomical simulators enable doctors to practice complex surgeries before they operate on the patient. Leveraging Stratasys multi-color, multi-material 3D printing, doctors at University of Malaya create ultra-realistic patient models that mimic, bone, tissue, cartilage, skin, membranes and more. The models are used with actual surgical instruments to better prepare the doctors and also to educate the patients on their upcoming procedures.   Watch this fascinating video to see how the CBMTI is pioneering the use of 3D printing for complex surgeries – both for patient specific models and for producing prototypes of various tools and…

Students Gain High-Demand Skills with 3D Printing at Dunwoody College of Technology

Dunwoody College of Technology (Dunwoody) was founded in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1914 with the vision to provide a rigorous, industry-focused technical education. As the oldest and only non-profit technical college in the region, Dunwoody has garnered an international reputation for its successful approach.   Dunwoody incorporates hands-on, applied learning with 3D printing playing a key part in the curriculum. Students learn critical thinking along with practical, real-world skills that are in high demand. “In the last three years, there has been a huge momentum increase in 3D printing at Dunwoody and students want programs centered on it,” said E.J. Daigle,…

3D Printing 101: Create Special Effects (Episode 7)

Educators and students, see how far you can go with 3D printing technology with Stratasys’ next “Think it. Print it” education lesson video. Episode 7: Shed some light on 3D printing by creating a beautiful light box. To get this effect, you will use the multiple material capabilities of the Objet Connex 3D printers to print with multiple materials.  

Escher for Real The Belvedere, Waterfall, Necker Cube, Penrose Triangle 3D Printing from Technion

Many people are familiar with the work of M.C. Escher. We have all learned to appreciate the impossibilities that this master of illusions artwork presents to the layman’s eye. Many of the so-called ‘impossible’ drawings of M. C. Escher can be realized as actual physical objects, Prof. Gershon Elber of Technion’s Faculty of Computer Science has done just this. His research team has developed a unique CAD application for designing “impossible” 3D objects, with the 3D printer in Technion’s Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning The Belvedere comes to life in a 3D model. All M.C. Escher works (C) the…

3D Printing Explained in 37 Seconds!

The 3D printing process explained visually. Begin by sketching your product concept or idea on paper. Elaborate your idea using 3D CAD software or any 3D content program. Then 3D print the idea using an Objet multi-material 3D Printer which produces all moving parts and different color/material properties in a single production step. A few short hours later you hold a finished, ready-assembled product or prototype. Feel it, test it to validate that your concept really works. This process helps save substantial time and expense by confirming a design before you begin mass production manufacturing.  

EuroMold 2011 – 3D Printed Concept Lamp!

As seen on the Objet blog (, Sam Green (Creative and Content Manager, Objet), explains how this concept lamp was created on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer. All parts of the lamp were created in a single print job – with no assembly involved.  

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