Evaluation: Materialise Medical 3D Printing Service

December 31, 2020 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • Materialise develops 3D printing software and provides services for creating patient-specific and procedure-specific 3D-printed anatomical models, surgical guides, and implants, particularly for cranio-maxillofacial (CMF), orthopedic, and cardiovascular applications. Other healthcare applications include software and services for radiology, academic research, and medical device development.
  • Materialise also provides hospital consultancy to assist healthcare facilities in implementing point-of-care 3D printing using their software with hardware and materials certified by them. The portfolio of 3D printing software for clinical applications includes:
    • Mimics Medical image processing and segmentation software to convert Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) 3D patient imaging data (CT/MRI/ultrasound) to 3D models
    • 3-matic Medical integrated computer-aided design (CAD) software to prepare anatomical models and patient-matched designs for 3D printing
    • Mimics inPrint dedicated 3D printing workflow for conversion of DICOM files to 3D anatomical models
    • Mimics Viewer for sharing 3D models and surgical plans on any device for communication with clinical teams and patients
    • Mimics Enlight for planning complex heart valve procedures
    • ProPlan CMF for virtual planning of cranio-maxillofacial procedures
    • OrthoView digital templating for orthopedic procedure planning
    • SurgiCase online case management platform
  • Printing capabilities include stereolithography, selective laser sintering (SLS), metal 3D printing, Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), fused deposition modeling (FDM), material jetting (PolyJet), and vacuum casting.
    • Models can be built with connection pieces, cutouts, logos, or other customizations.
    • Multicolor and multimaterial options are available.
  • Materials options depend on the type of 3D printing and the application. Types of materials include plastics, metals, and composites. Translucent, transparent, and full-color materials are available.
  • Dimensional accuracy of finished products depends on the material, print technology, end-use requirements, and lead time. High-detail resins (e.g., acrylonitrile butadiene styrene ABS) can be printed to an accuracy of ±0.1% (with a lower limit of ±0.2 mm). Standard accuracy for SLS is ±0.3% (with a lower limit of ±0.3 mm). Standard accuracy for stereolithography is ±0.2% (with a lower limit of ±0.2 mm).

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