Following two years of collaborations in the medical and dental sector, 3D Incredible has now invested an undisclosed amount sum into Anatomiz3D to form a one-stop shop for customized healthcare.
The companies have previously worked on multiple cases of cranial, maxillofacial and orthopedic 3D printed implants.
India integrates 3D printing in healthcare
Founded in 2017, 3D Incredible stemmed from India’s iron powder manufacturer Industrial Metal Powders (IMP), a company established in 1974. The company is utilizing this experience to implement metal 3D printing technology to cater to the engineering and medical industries.
IMP remains the only company in India to receive ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certifications for the production of medical devices. This has led to the development of multiple custom 3D printed implants in neuro, maxillofacial and orthopedic surgeries across the country.
Anatomiz3D, on the other hand, began as the healthcare vertical of Sahas Softech, a Mumbai-based design studio. The company now provides 3D modelling from 2D patient CT and MRI data as well as additive manufacturing to create 3D printed surgical guides.
Three years ago, Anatomiz3D reportedly became the first in India to provide surgeons with a patient-specific Paediatric Cardiology model prior to surgery; the company has now expanded into similar fields as its partner including Neurosurgery, Oral and Maxillofacial, Head and Neck, Spine, and Orthopaedics.
Together, the companies aim to bring additive manufacturing technologies to the masses while developing cost-effective, precise, and high-quality 3D printed medical products.
Additive manufacturing and the healthcare sector
3D printed surgical guides have aided numerous patient case studies around the world. In November, 3D Systems began its partnership with non-profit organization OpHeart to produce 3D printed anatomical models used in delicate surgeries involving babies with life-threatening heart defects.
Prior to this, researchers at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London began developing 3D printed replicas of children’s hearts for surgeons to better plan complex and crucial heart surgeries.
Moreover, 3D printed medical implants and healthcare services are finding increasing use by healthcare professionals. As a result, the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) published a report of recommendations for the “Responsible use of High-Risk Medical Devices” made using 3D printing.
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Featured image shows a 3D printed hand prosthetic created by Anatomiz3D. Photo via Anatomiz3D.