3D Systems Announces the Release Latest 3D Virtual Reality Training Module: Simbionix SPINE Mentor

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3DPrint.com just shared about a new Spine training simulator from 3D Systems:

Three years ago, 3D Systems joined the world of virtual reality when it acquired Simbionix, a 3D VR surgical simulation and training company, and it only took a couple of months after the acquisition for 3D Systems to announce a new Simbionix simulation module.

Over the past two years, the company has continued to add new VR simulation modules, like the Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor arthroscopic training simulator , and 3D Systems formed a partnership with CHEST last year to develop a standardized bronchoscopy curriculum with its Simbionix BRONCH Mentor. 3D Systems is committed to delivering top quality innovations in the medical field, from solid-organ scaffolds to 3D printed medical models , and today, it announced a new addition to its comprehensive line of medical simulators, with the release of the Simbionix SPINE Mentor . The hands-on simulated training and practice tool is designed for anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, pain management surgeons, and orthopedic surgeons to train for minimally invasive spine surgeries and procedures.


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SPINE Mentor Includes:

  • 3D printed spine, which can be used for accurate palpation
  • Computer and monitor
  • Foot pedal and virtual C-arm, with controllers, which can be manipulated during practice procedures
  • Percutaneous leads
  • Two needles, one syringe, and a loss of resistance sensor upon entering epidural space
  • Realistic puncture pad

Simbionix SPINE Mentor combines a 3D printed spine, medical instruments, and virtually simulated images to create a hybrid platform that will add spinal surgery training to the company’s portfolio. It is far more accurate and realistic than training with cadavers, and was designed to practice with multiple spinal procedures, like the placement of wires and catheters and lumbar puncture; it also helps surgeons boost their confidence before a difficult procedure or surgery.


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3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) Acquires Simbionix

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This week I learned of a very interesting industry development that 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), which is one of the world’s leading 3d printing companies, acquired surgical simulator company Simbionix. 3D Systems goes beyond personal 3d printers with high-accuracy professional modeling systems which can be used for prototyping and functional part manufacturing. Consider just one of their printing systems:

Why I find this acquisition so interesting is knowing that 3D Systems can produce medical models and/or components, and that Simbionix is one of the major players in the surgical simulator space. Very curious to see what new innovations this new partnership will bring the healthcare education technology community.

About 3D Systems:

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

About the Simbionix Acquisition:

This is an ideal fit as the world moves toward personalized medicine and patient specific procedures.  3D Systems has re-imagined the future of medicine and has added two other healthcare companies in the past several weeks Medical Modeling (range of custom anatomical models and Virtual Surgical Planning services) and LayerWise (metal additive manufacturing).

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing capabilities.  Healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices, and training simulators that feature the Simbionix product line.

These products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future. Simbionix training simulators are used in 2500+ institutions in 70+ countries around the world.

 Learn more about Simbionix and their new parent company 3D Systems