Written By Arthur Cassaignau Via Sculpteo
Dr Marc Soubeyrand has been using 3D printing for a couple of years now. Mainly to help him with two different aspects of his professional life. First as an surgeon. One of the main challenges for an orthopedic surgeon is to be able to position prosthesis and implants with the utmost precision. To help them in this matter, they use what is called an ancillary tool. The basic function of an ancillary tool is to guide the surgeon when positioning a prosthesis. Of course, the right position is a relative matter since every individual has his own physical characteristics. Therefore when being given the choice between a tool that is only defined by a range of different sizes and a fully customized one with the patient’s data, the choice is pretty obvious.
In the process of preparing for a surgery, Dr Marc Soubeyrand is first compiling the patient medical imaging (in this case from CT scans) to turn them into a proper 3D file. To do so, he’s using a software called Osirix (by the way, there is more to read about this topic on Instructables). Importing the result into Cinema 4D allows him to create the 3D printed medical tools he needs for the surgery.