-New pliable MultiJet Printing material mimics patient physiology, enabling realistic practice of cuts, sutures and grafts
-Full-color models assist with pre-surgical planning and medical education ROCK HILL, S.C., Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the extension of the company's anatomical modeling service to include a pliable MultiJet Printing (MJP) material for its patient-specific 3D modeling and printing service. As part of 3D Systems' advanced end-to-end medical 3D printing solutions, this 3D modeling and printing service is designed to aid the planning of procedures for patients with critical congenital heart defects (CHD) requiring surgical intervention. CHDs are the most common birth defect, affecting approximately 12 of every 1000 live births 1. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/01012a5e-87da-47e6-a144-a05de1ed73f8 3D Systems' cardiac 3D modeling and printing service uses radiographic imaging data to create an accurate digital representation of the patient's heart, which is then 3D printed using either ColorJet Printing (CJP) or MultiJet Printing (MJP). Each of these technologies offers a deeper understanding of a different aspect of the patient's anatomy. The full-color CJP models color-code the patient's heart structures to assist communication during physician consultations, and the new MJP models enable pre-surgical planning and surgical rehearsal using a pliable material that mimics the patient's anatomy and can be cut, sutured and grafted. 3D Systems' MJP technology allows the entire heart to be 3D printed in one piece while maintaining an accurate representation of internal organ structures.