VA Hospitals Adopt 3D Printers to Create Custom Prostheses

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January 8, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: January 8 on

Five Veterans Affairs hospitals have been given 3D desktop printers, materials and training by Stratasys to enable the development of custom orthotics, prostheses and anatomical models.

The five “core” hospitals received the Stratasys Mojo 3D printers, which were then integrated into a collaborative network that allows doctors and researchers to leverage 3D prints for medical training and patient care.

If a VA doctor comes up with a new design for a medical training model or prosthetic device for a patient, it can be shared across hospitals where the CAD files can also be customized.

“Even those sites within the VA network that don”t have the printers can leverage them,” a Stratasys spokesman stated. “They send the 3D file to one of the core sites and a prosthetic, medical training device, etc., can be built.”