Scientists 3D print life-like heart model, complete with surrounding structures

Written by Georgi Makin

life-like heart model
CREDIT: McAlpine Group, University of Minnesota

A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota (MN, USA) – in collaboration with Medtronic (MN, USA) – has 3D printed a life-like heart model having developed a novel technique for multi-material 3D printing. Described in Science Advances, the team reports the life-like heart model has the exact look and feel of a real patient’s heart, incorporating soft sensor array. The model is comprised of a 3D-printed aortic root – consisting of the aortic valve and coronary arteries openings – as well as part of the left ventricle. “Our goal with these 3D-printed models is to reduce medical risks...

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