Stratasys Digital Anatomy Printing (DAP) is a revolutionary 3D printing technology that creates anatomical models for medical research and education. It uses proprietary software to create accurate, high-resolution replicas of human anatomy in the form of solid physical models. The technology can be used to precisely replicate any body part from CT scans, MRI images or other digital data sources, allowing surgeons and educators to gain an unprecedented level of insight into patient anatomy. This paper discusses the features, benefits and applications of Stratasys DAP.
The Stratasys DAP system consists of a 3D printer as well as two software packages – ExactoVue™ and Anatomicus™ – which are designed to enable users to accurately create anatomical models with precision and speed. ExactoVue is a specialized imaging software that enables users to capture detailed information from CT scans or MRI images while Anatomicus is an advanced visualization tool that allows users to manipulate the data in order visualize patient anatomy from different angles before beginning printing.
Stratasys DAP offers several key advantages over traditional methods for creating anatomical models such as molding or casting techniques: accuracy, repeatability, speed and cost savings. With its ability to produce highly detailed models at resolutions up to 0.09 mm/layer (0.007in), Stratasys DAP achieves far greater accuracy than traditional model makers can achieve by hand or via low-resolution 3D printers; it also eliminates manual labor costs associated with model-making processes like plaster casting or silicone molding since all processing occurs automatically within the machine’s computer-controlled environment. In addition, because no curing time is required after printing each layer as there would be using liquid resin systems like SLA, production speeds are significantly faster – often four times faster than traditional methods according to Stratasys estimates – saving both money spent on labor costs and time spent waiting for prints to finish curing before they can be handled safely without risk of deformation during transport between offices or departments within hospitals or educational institutions.
One potential application of this technology is surgical planning; by providing surgeons with precise replicas of patients’ organs created using their own digital scan data prior surgery begins, doctors can rehearse complex operations ahead of time so they have much clearer idea about what awaits them when operating on living tissue inside a patient’s body cavity during actual procedures.. Additionally, medical students could benefit greatly from having access real life organ replicas instead relying solely on 2D illustrations based on photographs taken decades ago in textbooks; this will give them far better understanding about how internal organs actually look and function in three dimensions compared looking at flat cutaway diagrams depicting imaginary cross sections through virtual bodies which don’t offer nearly same degree depth or realism .
In conclusion , Stratasys Digital Anatomy Printing (DAP) has revolutionized the way that medical professionals study human anatomy by giving them fast ,accurate ,realistic representations o f internal structures based on CT scans and MRIs created using state-of -the-art 3d printing technology . Its use not only helps improve surgical outcomes but also provides invaluable teaching aids for students trying learn more about inner workings off human body .