Based in France, anatomy modeling designs and develops custom 3D printed implants, such as the world's first custom 3D printed airway stent, which was developed last year.One of the company's main areas of research is congenital chest wall malformation, or abnormal growth of the chest wall. These deformities include the funnel chest, which is an overgrowth of cartilage that connects the ribs to the sternum, leading to a sag in the sternum, and the polish syndrome, which leads to a lack of muscle development in the chest on one side of the body.
Conditions like these are the primary goal of personalized, low-invasive treatment, a specialty in anatomy modeling. Compared to traditional one-size-fits-all medical devices, custom-made medical devices can be more effective in treating complex anatomical defects. AnatomikModeling’s CTO and Co-Founder Benjamin Moreno and his team have been using Artec 3D scanning solutions and Geomagic Freeform software to design custom chest implants and monitor the results.
Before turning to 3D scans, Moreno and his team will use more time-consuming and difficult plaster casts or CT scans to capture a patient's external anatomy. CT scans can only be performed when the patient is lying down, causing soft tissue to move and causing inaccurate scans. When anatomy modeling was introduced with Artec MH 3D and Artec Eva, the situation changed dramatically.The company later acquired an Artec spider to capture the patient's head and face at high resolution. Although CT scans still require access to the patient's internal anatomical data, the external anatomical data can be taken while exposed to less radiation, resulting in accurate results.