3D Systems with OpHeart: Story of a Disruptive Joint Venture
By MedTech Outlook | Monday, December 17, 2018
A worldwide healthcare revolution has taken place based on the ability to create highly customized 3D printed medical devices, patient-specific surgical simulation, and direct printing of individualized implants and customized instruments. 3D Systems, the leading 3D printer manufacturer, partners with physicians, healthcare providers, medical device makers, and medical teachers to cover a wide range of precise healthcare solutions such as virtual reality simulators, anatomical 3D printed models, virtual surgical planning, patient-specific surgical guides, and instruments and implants.
The Global 3D Healthcare Printing Market was valued at $579 million in 2014 and is projected to raise $2.319.5 million by 2020, with a CAGR of 26.2 percent for the 2015-2020 period.
3D Systems has taken a further step forward in their medical portfolio through a partnership with OpHeart, a non- profit organization working to ensure the best possible care is given to children born with life-threatening heart defects. According to the analysis of the American Academy of Pediatrics, one percent of the total children are born with the most common heart defect called CHD (Congenital Heart Defects). Each year in the U.S., there are about a million surgeries required to survive this fate.
With the joint venture, both 3D Systems and OpHeart have leveraged their 20 years of combined anatomical model expertise and experience and end-to-end medical workflow to make the mission possible by giving accurate, detailed anatomical models of patients with CHDs to the physicians. Here, the medical teams use the models to explain the surgery to the families of patients in an attempt to keep them fully informed about the upcoming procedure and what to expect.
3D Systems contributes largely to the Heart-in-Hand Pledge by creating customized heart models. The company’s team of expert biomedical engineers converts MRI and CT heart data into a 3D model using its D2P (DICOM to Print) software; The model is printed with proJet CJP 660ProColorJet 3D printer and using VisiJet materials. Since these tools are not covered by insurance, 3D System’s charity aims to accelerate the Heart-in-Hand action to save children's lives.