EchoPixel announced on Tuesday what the company calls “True 3D print support,” incorporating into the fold some major real world assistance from virtual reality.
The offering, we’re told, is a breakthrough set of software tools designed to assist physicians using models they create using their 3D printers Built on EchoPixel’s True 3D Viewer software.
The true benefits lie in the workflows, which allow medical professionals to visualize and interact with patient specific anatomy that can be directly converted into 3D printed models. In short, this lets professionals to create their models with greater quality and accuracy, and to “print right, the first time”.
EchoPixel’s existing True 3D Viewer software enables physicians to see and interact with medical images the way they would with real, physical objects. The system converts existing DICOM datasets into life-size virtual reality objects, allowing physicians to move, turn, dissect, and cut open virtual patient anatomy. The new software tools facilitate seamless transition to printing of 3D models, once a professional has determined the desired anatomy and orientation to print.
“We believe there’s a revolution happening in 3D medical modeling, and it’s just getting started,” said Ron Schilling, CEO of EchoPixel. “3D printing is a game changing technology, but it’s not yet accepted as a widely effective clinical tool, primarily due to the cost and time restrictions. EchoPixel’s Interactive Virtual Reality is a complementary technology that can enable truly effective 3D modeling for the first time. It has the potential to dramatically reduce time and cost investments.”