axial3D was featured as part of the formlabs ‘stories’ section on their website with an interview entitled ‘The Benefits of Pre-Surgical Models in Medical 3D Printing ‘. In this interview Daniel Crawford, CEO of axial3D talked to the formlabs team about how the 3D prints created by the Belfast based company give doctors more information than what’s possible prior to a surgical procedure. Daniel explains, “Having access to a patient’s full-scale anatomical model, whether it be a heart or a pelvis, has allowed surgeons to more accurately diagnose and determine treatment for that patient and in some cases completely change the course of treatment with the additional information given from the prints.”
axial3D have a wide range of 3D printer technologies in their Belfast headquarters, with multiple ‘Form 2’ Printers from formlabs - the most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created. The Form 2 printers provide the means to create ultra high resolution 3D prints, with layer thickness options to 25 microns, which are necessary for precise healthcare 3D printed replicas. Access to the 3D printing service is via the unique web software, which allows organisations and individuals to upload DICOM data via the web and receive a model with 48 hours.
A high-resolution 3D model gives doctors a more holistic view than the conventional 2D realm of radiography. Daniel says, “Having access to a tangible, scale model of what is inside the patient allows surgeons to visualize and explore the ailment or injury in real space and reach a much more comprehensive understanding of their patient’s injuries and to determine the optimal treatment for each diagnosis.”
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