ALT has demonstrated fully functional multi-material anatomical models printed in synthetic skin, bone, muscle, adipose, fascia, and blood vessels. The material properties simulate those of human tissue in regards to Tensile strength, Young’s modulus, elongation at break, and shore hardness. ALT has demonstrated models with embedded conductive traces and integrated pressure sensors to improve realism and feedback.
3D Printed synthetic models have the potential to significantly improve medical education and training. Additive Manufacturing allows for a completely customizable product that can be printed on demand and in real time. 3D Printed models have significant benefits over cadavers and traditional training devices in regards to cost and shelf life. This technology will increase the availability and frequency of medical training, improving patient safety. Applications will benefit training for common procedures, in addition to patient specific pre-operation visualization and preparation.