Surgeon uses Ultimaker 3D printer to prepare for surgery

Orthopedic Surgeon at Spire Roding Hospital in London Uses Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer to Prototype Bones For Surgery

Ultimaker, the leading open source 3D printer manufacturer, supports Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Boyd Goldie of Spire Roding Hospital in London as he revolutionizes modern medicine by incorporating 3D printing into his surgical procedures. Goldie uses the Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer to recreate patient’s fractured or broken bones to help him, his colleagues and patients understand the extent of the injury and plan out the best course of action to take during surgery.

Whether a patient comes into the hospital for an emergency or elective procedure, CT scans are taken of patients’ bones. After scanning, Goldie is able to view the scans on a computer screen but this image is hard for patients to understand and doctors to visualize in relation to the rest of the body. With modern radiology software, Goldie is able to convert the CT scans to files that are compatible with the Ultimaker printer and start printing a 3D model of the bone scans within 15 minutes. Having a physical model of the bone allows Goldie to better plan his surgeries, including where to make incisions and understanding where a fracture lays in relation to other bones, so there are no surprises.

Ultimaker 2+ is changing how orthopedic surgeons prepare for surgery. We are humbled how our printer helps to optimize the surgery outcomes for the patient.
Siert Wijnja, Founder and CTO at Ultimaker

Goldie choose to use the Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer because of its quick and accurate printing speeds and the ease of use and control it offers. The bone models can be scaled larger or smaller than their actual size so doctors and patients can scale them to the size they need. 

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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.