Facial Cleft Repair
Toddler's Life Saved
Orbital Floor Reconstruction
Sawbones Partnership
Increasing Confidence for Tessier Facial Cleft Repair with a 3D-Printed Model

Dr. John Meara, M.D., D.M.D, at Boston Children’s Hospital, already helped five patients with Tessier facial clefts, a rare congenital, craniofacial anomaly. Recently, he was able to help a patient with a large fissure in her facial bone, which pushed her eyes far apart. To get a better understanding of her complex bone structure, the team uploaded her CT data into the Mimics Innovation Suite to make 3D virtual models of her skull that they could then print out.

Two-Year-Old with Complex VSD Patched Up with Help of 3D Printing Technology

Two-year old British Mina Khan was born with a complex hole between her ventricles (VSD). This life-threatening congenital defect exhausted her, as pumping blood around the hole took up all her energy, leaving her breathless, unable to eat or put on weight — even her hair wouldn’t grow. Doctors feared the hole was too big to repair, especially in the tiny, delicate heart of a toddler. Even for experienced pediatric surgeons, this would be a very risky operation.

Creating a Complex Orbital Floor Reconstruction

A young mother from Venezuela was shot in the eye while being robbed. Her face was left disfigured, which caused her to feel too embarrassed to leave the house. Desperately wanting to rejoin society for herself and her son, she sought out reconstructive surgery, but this just left her with several failed attempts. Thanks to the Mimics Innovation Suite software, OBL design and a 3D-printed custom porous implant, she is now enjoying life and her restored image.

Global Materialise-Sawbones Partnership

With Materialise's Anatomical Data Mining service you can incorporate anatomical evidence into your product development workflow with validated, population-based average models derived from CT data. These 3D reconstructions can then be used by medical workshop model manufacturer Sawbones to create composite testing and workshop bones that match your desired patient demoghraphics. By using your population average bones, you can test your devices on a realistic, composite bone geometry representative of your patient population.

Engineering on Anatomy

At Materialise, with our Mimics Innovation Suite, we're powering new innovations in biomedical research and helping others make discoveries that save lives. We're also taking patient-specific healthcare to new heights by working closely with experts in the planning and execution of complicated surgical procedures. Our solutions are comprehensive and flexible, and we invite you to explore our site and discover how they can work for you.


ADaM webinar 2015
Webinar: Reducing Risks and R&D Costs in Orthopaedics

Materialise’s Anatomical Data Mining Services allow you to easily process medical image data to better understand and quantify anatomical shape variation when designing implants for a specific population. Learn from guest speakers from Smith and Nephew how they have developed and validated a new knee product with the combined input of a CT medical database and the new evidence-based Sawbones workshop models.

Submit your research for the 2015 Mimics® Innovation Awards

Like you, Materialise strives to make the world better and healthier. We are proud that you use our Mimics Innovation Suite to achieve this goal. That is why we want to reward you for your innovative efforts! Submit your research article or poster to the 2015 Mimics Innovation Awards by June 15 and win up to €5000 and worldwide publicity.


Get up to Speed with the Mimics Innovation Suite & PROPLAN CMF

Join Materialise and the renowned Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute for a two-day Orthopaedic Innovation Course in Bologna, Italy on May 4-5thNext to hands-on training sessions and demos, we will offer interesting lectures on orthopaedic R&D and networking opportunities. On May 6, we organize a cranio-maxillofacial innovation course for hospital professionals.