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3D Systems Healthcare Solutions Aid in Sled Hockey Champion’s Spinal Surgery

October 12, 2016

One field that has benefited more than any from the emergence of 3D printing is the medical industry. Whether it be surgical preparation, assistive devices, or bioprinting with stem cells, additive manufacturing has reshaped the landscape of healthcare throughout the world. In fact, it’s also helped one of the largest 3D printing companies to keep their head above water during tough times. After a disappointing financial start to this year, more recently 3D Systems managed to show income growth with their healthcare solutions in their 2016 Q2 report, though printer sales continued to weigh that increase down.

Their improved strength in the medical market is partially derived from the recently opened Healthcare Technology Center, which has certainly contributed to the overall enhancement of their end-to-end digital manufacturing workflow for healthcare. Earlier this week, 3D Systems proved this strength by announcing the successful spinal surgery of national sled hockey champion Mark Weimer. The 3D printing company’s healthcare workflow was essential to the operation, allowing Dr. George Frey of the Englewood, Colorado-based Mighty Oak Medical to replicate the patient’s complex anatomy for surgical planning, instrumentation, and reference.

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