Hospitals are leveraging the patient-specific-care capabilities brought about by the advent of 3D printing. The technological boom brings patient-specificity – via multiple image modalities and 3D scanning – to the bedside. However, there is a lack of published information about centers repurposing the 3D prints or the data behind the 3D print for additional purposes. Specifically, 3D prints and pre-print data can support the following medical endeavors without significant infrastructure costs: 1) Medical simulation (i.e., procedural medical education) can leverage the patient specificity provided by 3D printing, but be augmented by supplementary casting techniques for enhanced control of the material properties. 2) Computational fluid dynamic analysis or experimentation can leverage the data underpinning 3D prints for an enhanced view of flow systems. 3) Hard body or finite element analysis modeling can yield information regarding anatomical-anatomical or anatomical-device interaction for size and shape analysis. Brief methods and examples will introduce 3D labs to additional paths of research and clinical support.
- Describe additional applications that 3D labs – based inside of hospitals – can leverage with little-to-no additional infrastructure development
- Describe applications that build upon the 3D datasets underpinning 3D printed anatomical models.
- Describe opportunities for revenue in biomedical or education grants utilizing already-established 3D labs.