It’s really important for a University and especially an academic medical center to empower students with technologies of the future The Health Design Lab is part
design studio, part maker space and it’s a purpose-built creative space
for clinicians, students, and patients What we’re finding by teaching medical students is that 3D printing is a very powerful tool for them to
be able to visualize and think three-dimensionally and also to create models and get haptic feedback One of the reasons why we have Ultimaker 3D printers is because it’s really easy to
teach people how to use them We like to teach all of our medical students
in our design program how to 3D print And we can do that in just a few hours they can get up and running and printing something We think there is huge potential and we’re just scratching the surface right now We have so many more cases that we
want to do and it’s just a matter of time One of the really great things about working
at University in an academic medical center is that you have students who are
incredibly intelligent and incredibly motivated and they really are the changemakers of healthcare If you think about students those are the people who
are going to be running this industry in the future The S5’s are just a game changer for us because we are able to print
anatomical parts in their entirety So, for example there’s a case that we did on the pelvis We were able to actually print
that whole pelvis in one piece Before, we would have had to print it
in two pieces and connect them together we actually glued the pieces together And that was not time-effective for us We need to be able to get that
print done as quickly as possible We can take an image from a patient whether it be a CAT scan or an MRI and we can convert that into a 3D-printable
model in just a matter of minutes and have that model printed out and in
the hands a surgeon in just about a day And we find this to be incredibly powerful that the surgeon can actually pick up and feel and get
that haptic feedback from a real anatomical model that is specific for that patient It’s really revolutionized the way that
surgeons look at some procedures The price of an Ultimaker 3D printer is one
that any healthcare system could afford it And it’s easy enough to run, so
that anyone could actually run it And if you can afford and you can run it, you
can begin to have an impact on patient care What surprised me the most is,
why isn’t this happening already? It’s so easy to do, and it’s so cost-effective And it really has inspired our team to
look for more low-hanging fruit like this of how we can use additive manufacturing,
how we can use 3D printing to be able to shorten the time
needed for operations, for example or to improve outcomes or to be able to just help a patient
understand what’s going on in a procedure