Ultimaker, an open source 3D printer manufacturer, has declared that it 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.
After taking a CT scan, 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. “Ultimaker 2+ is changing how orthopedic surgeons prepare for surgery,” says Siert Wijnja, founder and CTO of Ultimaker. “We are humbled how our printer helps to optimize the surgery outcomes for the patient.” Goldie chooses to use the Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer because of its quick and accurate printing speeds and the ease of use and control it offers.