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3D Printing in Healthcare: An Interview with Stratasys at NASS 2023

3D Printing in Healthcare: An Interview with Stratasys at NASS 2023

Ghost Medical Animation + VR Surgery
November 21, 2023
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At the North American Spine Society (NASS) 2023 conference, had the privilege of interviewing Allison Harbaugh, a medical business manager at Stratasys, a leading company in the 3D printing space. The insights from this interview shed light on how Stratasys is transforming healthcare with their groundbreaking 3D printing solutions.

Stratasys: 3D Printing for Healthcare

Stratasys has gained recognition as one of the most influential companies in the 3D printing industry, thanks to their comprehensive range of additive technologies and materials. Their 3D printers cater to the entire production cycle, from rapid prototyping to the serial production of end-use parts. This versatility positions Stratasys as a crucial player in the medical device manufacturing field.

3D Printed Medical Models

During the interview, Allison Harbaugh highlighted how Stratasys' 3D printers are revolutionizing the medical world. By harnessing DICOM data from CT and MR scans, Stratasys can create highly detailed, patient-specific 3D printable models. These physical models provide invaluable support to surgeons for pre-surgical planning and also serve as educational tools for patients. It's a tangible way to help patients better understand the procedures they're about to undergo.

One of the standout features of Stratasys' technology is the ability to create 3D printed models with materials that mimic bone and tissue properties. Surgeons can now practice surgeries on these models, enhancing their preparedness and surgical skills. The ability to simulate procedures with patient-specific data takes medical practice to a whole new level.

Accessibility and Ease of Use

Allison Harbaugh emphasized that integrating Stratasys' technology into a healthcare setting is a straightforward process. Hospitals and orthopedic companies can easily connect with Stratasys to set up their systems, which can operate on standard outlets with exhaust systems. The key challenge lies in converting patient DICOM data into 3D printable files, which can be addressed with the help of Stratasys' partners.

Unmatched Advantages

Stratasys offers unique advantages that set them apart from competitors. The ability to mix different colors and textures in a single 3D printed model eliminates the need for assembling multiple parts manually. The final product emerges fully formed and ready for use, simplifying the workflow and reducing production time.

A Glimpse into the Future

Stratasys is committed to leading the industry towards smarter and more sustainable manufacturing. Their mission extends beyond profitability to include the positive impact they have on clients, end-users, and the environment. As they continue to innovate, the possibilities for 3D printing in healthcare are endless.


Stratasys is at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution in healthcare. Their technology is making surgery more precise, patient education more effective, and medical manufacturing more efficient. As we look forward to the future of healthcare, Stratasys' commitment to innovation promises to usher in an era of better, smarter, and more sustainable medical practices.

3D Printing in Healthcare: An Interview with Stratasys at NASS 2023

November 21, 2023
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