3D Printing changes the way doctors and patients use MRI

This summer, 3D printing changed the way that doctors and patients read and interpret MRIs.

Ultimaker, a leading 3D printer manufacturer, teamed up with Philips, a diversified health and well-being Company, to produce groundbreaking 3D printed replicas of MRI scans. Known for their innovative approach to healthcare tech, Philips decided to push the envelope even further by using an Ultimaker 2 Extended 3D printer to produce accurate models of their MRI scans. This project transformed difficult-to-understand medical imaging into something patients can touch and interact with, ultimately helping doctors and patients alike understand diagnoses. The collaboration marks a new era for medical technology by pairing state-of-the-art 3D printing technology with industry-leading medical imaging.

The project aimed to encourage medical professionals to consider how innovation can improve their work and the quality of their patients’ lives. The 3D printed images put patients’ health information into the palms of their hands, enabling them to truly feel comfortable with their understanding of their health.

About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.