Mount Sinai launches Medical Modeling Core, multidisciplinary 3D printing service for clinicians

Dec 9, 2016 | By Benedict

Mount Sinai Health System has launched the Medical Modeling Core, a service through which clinicians can order 3D printed models for specific cases. The service will be the first of its kind to cater to the unique patient-specific modeling requirements of clinicians at Mount Sinai.

3D printed medical model made by the Medical Modeling Core

Founded in the mid-19th century, Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the oldest and biggest hospitals in the United States to be used for both treating patients and training medical staff. Its age, however, appears no obstacle to its willingness to adopt new methods. In 2013, the hospital embarked on an ambitious upscaling, partnering with Continuum Health Partners to form the Mount Sinai Health System, which contains the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area. And the hospital is ahead of the curve in terms of technology, too. Earlier this week, the Health System announced the creation of the Medical Modeling Core, a collaboration led by the Department of Neurosurgery which will see physicians able to order medical 3D models in various forms: virtual reality, simulation, and 3D printed.

The first-of-its-kind modeling service will, according to Mount Sinai, cater to the unique requirements of Mount Sinai clinicians, and will be available to medical professionals from several departments of the institution. “Our simulation, prototyping, and 3D printing resources developed here at Mount Sinai are rare for a medical institution,” said Joshua Bederson, MD, Professor and System Chair for the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Health System and Clinical Director of the Neurosurgery Simulation Core. “These models are used in the planning stages for minimally invasive approaches and can be a trial run for the surgery. In conjunction with simulation, they also play an important role in the patient consultation process.”

Anthony Costa, PhD, Assistant Professor for the Department of Neurosurgery and Scientific Director of the Neurosurgery Simulation Core at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will lead the 3D printing operations of the exciting new modeling service at Mount Sinai. According to Mount Sinai, Dr. Costa has developed his own segmentation tools that will be used to turn radiological data from CT scans and other sources into models that can be rendered or printed in 3D. Recent 3D printed medical models include skull-base tumors with surrounding vasculature and cranial nerves, spine modeling for the correction of severe scoliosis, and pelvic models for the planning of arthroplasty.

Mount Sinai Hospital stands adjacent to Central Park, Manhattan

More than half a dozen interdisciplinary collaborations have already been formed between the Medical Modeling Core and Mount Sinai clinical departments, including neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgery, otolaryngology, and cardiology. The hospital believes that, with such a range of applications available for the 3D printing service, many Mount Sinai patients—whatever their condition—can benefit from this forward-thinking additive approach, and in good time too. “We’re unique because we can leverage our technological tools with the expertise of radiology and the printing lab to complete projects on a rapid time scale,” said Dr. Costa. “We’re talking about days as opposed to weeks. Mount Sinai is a large institution with a high volume of cases and our patients will benefit from 3D modeling.”

The new Rapid Prototyping Center at Mount Sinai contains four 3D printers, as well as a laser cutter for producing patient-specific neuroanatomy for pre-operative planning. The hospital reports that its 3D printing materials include gypsum powder base made of plastic, polyamide (nylon), epoxy resin, wax, photopolymers, and polycarbonate, suggesting that, of the four 3D printers, some may be FDM and some SLA/DLP. Mount Sinai says that its engineers can use this range of 3D printing filaments and materials to fabricate medical models and functional parts for a wide range of applications.

Finally, Mount Sinai has also reported that its new 3D printing capabilities could benefit the hospital’s finances, as well as its patients. For example, a print that would cost $500 to model at the hospital could cost ten times that figure through a third-party 3D printing service provider. With high-profile institutions like Mount Sinai giving their seal of approval to medical 3D printing technology, other hospitals are sure to follow suit.

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China’s state-owned broadcaster China Radio International has revealed in a Thursday report that the Longhua Funeral Parlor funeral home in Shanghai is repairing disfigured or damaged corpses by 3D printing body parts.

The 3D printing technology is being used by Longhua Funeral Parlor for restoration of corpses’ body parts which have been damaged or spoiled in accidents, natural calamities, industrial accidents or fires. The 3D printing repairs are making some dead people look younger and more attractive than when they were alive.

About the 3D printing repair service in Longhua Funeral Parlor, Chinese state-funded news site The Paper has noted that the 3D printing repairs involve the creation of a three-dimensional product by building multiple layers of material on top of one another.

According to The Paper, the 3D printing of body parts of damaged corpses — along with makeup and hair implants — results in the reconstruction of faces with a similarity of at least 95 percent.

The 3D printing repair service in Longhua Funeral Parlor comes at a price; with the cost of facial reconstruction for damaged corpses ranging between 4000 yuan and 5000 yuan (approximately $620 and $776).

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Indian 3D Printing Service Bureau Offering 3D Printed Keepsake to Celebrate Newborns

8 is a 3D printing service bureau based in New Delhi, and the startup company digitizes objects and does 3D modeling via a group of professional CAD engineers. Instapro3D 3D-printed-hand-impressionOne of their services is a way to document one of the most important milestones in anyone’s life – the birth of a child, via 3D printed copies of their foot or a hand.

Megha Bhaiya, the Founder and CEO of, says these items for new parents allows them to simply create keepsakes through 3D printing.

“All you need to create them is a hand or a foot impression,” Bhaiya says. “The file is then processed and turned into 3D memorabilia and presented to you. Its amazing how you can simply freeze a memory through 3D printing.”

Bhaiya followed in the footsteps of her sister when she left India to study at Lancaster University for a year. As part of her BBA Business Studies degree at the GD Goenka World Institute, Bhaiya spent her final year there finishing her studies. She says it was an ideal choice for her as an international student as she met people from all over the world.

Megha Bhaiya

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Bhaiya began Instapro3D to create “a platform to turn your imagination into reality.” She says 3D printing fascinated her as it allows engineers, artists and designers to apply their skills and leverage the power of design “to give birth to amazing creations.”

From key chains to bike models; from hair-clips to screwdrivers; from an upside-down bottle to an imaginary helicopter design, Bhaiya says 3D printing sets designers free to create products and their work is restricted only to the limits of their imagination

“If you have broken a piece of machinery, you can just get it replicated here,” she says. “You can make quick models of your product before a presentation – even design your own jewelery.”

She also says this latest offering from her new company includes one element of inestimable value.

“We believe that birth of a child is a very emotional and memorable time for parents, and freezing a part of this memory for them would be priceless,” she says. “Thanks to 3D printing, doing this is absolutely simplified.”

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FORGE 3D printing in downtown Jacksonville turns custom service into cash

In a small office space on East Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville, Adam Dukes and Bryce Pfanenstiel are taking a traditional approach to a very new kind of business that some say could alter commerce itself in the coming years.

From the leather aprons worn by the partners, brick walls and molded Victorian ceilings at the FORGE Manufacturing LLC offices, you’d never guess it was a 3D printing shop. Then there’s the scanning devices, a few samples of their work and, finally, down a dark hall away from the storefront in a side room, is the big, box-like device that’s about the size of a bumper car at an amusement park.

That device is an $80,000, full-color plastic 3D printer that FORGE just got operational in September. The 3D Systems ProJet 4500 printer allows FORGE to manufacture or “print” objects up to 10 inches long, 8 inches wide and 8 inches in depth.

It has been used to make statues, custom trophies, minatures of the Main Street Bridge and even forensic replicas that simulate such things as a bullet hole in a window.

For FORGE, such custom assignments are novelites. In just two years, Pfanenstiel said, the mainstay of FORGE’s business has become the 200 customers whose contracted “projects” range from developing miniature space craft used for enhancing video-game development by a company in Prague, Czech Republic, to models of buildings for an architectural firm in Israel.

“What we’re seeing now is, the cost is dropping. It’s more accessible and the software that you use to make this stuff is more accessible,” Dukes said.

And the business is changing from the service that helps a walk-in customer fulfill a unique order to applications that can transform a company’s manufacturing efficiency.

3D printing literally makes an object out of an image created by computer-aided design, or CAD, software. The image is transmitted into the printing device one layer at a time.

The image is sent from a computer to their printer, which has a cartridge that brushes back and forth over a tray that is filled with a powder, which is the plastic compound that creates the object. After the cartridge is done scanning the image into the tray of powder, the object is created in about 20 minutes for the least-complex objects,.

In FORGE’s case, it specializes in creating plastic objects produced right there and wax facsimiles that are used for making casts for metal objects such as jewelry.


Pfanenstiel and Dukes went to high school together in Owensboro, Ky. Dukes became a computer science specialist working on genetic engineering projects in St. Louis. Pfanenststiel was an advertising professional who lived at the Beaches in Jacksonville. The pair stayed in touch and, in 2012, they decided to open their 3D printing shop and Dukes moved to Jacksonville.

At the time, there were about a half dozen walk-in 3D printing shops operating in the United States. FORGE pulled in almost no business the first year, then about $25,000 in revenues in 2013 and then an estimated $100,000 in revenues this year. They’ve never taken out a business loan.

The business also took part as one of the “creators” in the inaugural One Spark crowdfunding festival in 2013 and were a showcase venue site in the event this year. They managed to raise about $3,000 combined in crowdfunding money.

Even that modest amount was more than what others invested in this truly entrepreneurial business. Pfanenstiel said they’ve approached the Downtown Investment Authority and other Jacksonville business-support agencies, seeking seed money. None has been given.

The development of FORGE and other downtown businesses featured at One Spark is becoming a new model for Jacksonville’s startup community.

Elton Rivas, co-founder and CEO of One Spark, said FORGE is the ideal entrepreneur that One Spark was designed for.

“It’s really cool to see a creator like this in a bleeding-edge industry in the heart of our city that is starting to see some traction and growth,” Rivas said. “In essence, they’re in the business in providing the tools for people who are going out there searching for gold.”

The area on East Bay Street has since become known as “The Elbow” and FORGE is next to the Underbelly nightclub. It has the hipster vibe and Rivas said FORGE is part of the evolution there.

“The process by which they turned an idea into a reality epitomizes the process by which Jacksonville’s entrepreneurial scene can continue to grow,” Rivas said, also citing the technology and engineering firm Feature [23] and the web technology firm Station 4 as examples of entrepreneurial businesses that moved downtown.

“These (FORGE) folks are doing something that’s not 100 percent digital-technology related. But it’s still a technological advance in an explosive industry. They’re a great example of someone who is growing the entrepreneurial scene in our city,” Rivas said.

Both Pfanenstiel and Dukes said that any attention they get for helping downtown is nice. But they can’t wait for or target that.

FORGE literally forged ahead. Both founding partners say that’s the impetus for the name of the company. Whether they’re considered entrepreneurs or artists, they’re now in a state of simply getting money and growing their business however they can.

“You’re a ***** at the beginning,” Pfanenstiel said. “You pick the position and I’ll do it, that’s the way it is.

“You want an artist? I’m an artist. You want a mechanical engineer, give me the tolerance and the specs. We’ve had to do both.”

Dukes said they’re not overly concerned about the impressions they’re making on the startup community. But they see downtown Jacksonville as the place to be.

As Pfanenstiel described it, if FORGE had opened at the Beaches or on the Southside, they’d be waiting in line for customers. In downtown, “We’re at the head of the line.”

As for the development of the 3D printing industry, FORGE may have struck the anvil — the very icon for their business logo — at the right time.


There have long been high-end 3D printing operations since the 1970s, but usually for larger-scale industrial and mechanical operations, such as the military and major manufacturers. Most 3D printing operations remain on that level, said Bill Decker, chairman of the Association of 3D Printing, which has 1,200 members around the world.

The cost of the printers varies depending on the task. Some 3D printers still cost more than $1 million and are used for complicated objects such as airplane flying devices, crowns for dentists and replacement parts for military weapons.

At any cost, the printers still can’t produce a single mechanism with complex moving machinery. But 3D printers can produce each moving part, which work together after assembly.

3D printing’s profile heightened in the past year after several media accounts reported that guns could be produced on one of the replicating machines.

Decker said while that makes for a sexy headline, that’s not where 3D printing is headed. He said the 3D printers that cost as little as $100 and allow anyone to experiment are not very high grade. He compared the current evolutionary stage of 3D printing to that of the Internet in 1992: It’s very formative but could soon undergo such a transition that 3D printing shops become as common as Kinkos used to be for paper, two-dimensional printing.

“3D printing is still pretty much run by engineers. That reminds me of the Internet where pretty much the geeks were in charge. But that flipped,” said Decker from his office in Denver. “The salesman [eventually] became in charge of the Internet, not the programmers. That’s going to happen in 3D printing.”

The nomenclature is already changing in the 3D printing industry, Decker said. The traditional heavy-industrial 3D printing operations are still referred to as “makers” — they make devices. “Service bureaus” are stores such as FORGE that take a customer’s needs and reproduce an item for a custom need.

And there’s the pending conversion, when 3D printing jumps to a new level through the service bureaus, Decker said.

“There are going to be a lot of them that say, ‘I have this machine,’” Decker said. “They’re going to be makers and service bureaus at the same time.

“The big advantage is time,” Decker said, noting his organization actually managed to 3D print an electric guitar in 19 hours as part of an experiment. “The average person who needs something made … you’re seeing more of that kind of consumer model.”

His association has courses online at their website, explaining how to handle the 3D printing business.

Pfanenstiel said his advertising background and artistic roots give him the creative edge for FORGE’s marketing, which for the time is largely limited to Internet search-engine programming.

Dukes remains the techno-head who brings the mechanical bearing to the business. Still, Dukes acknowledged that their novelty work today, the custom service at a relatively low price — for instance, walk-in customers who want a bust of themselves after being scanned on a computer device — will lead FORGE to greater success.

“It’s better for everybody if there’s a FORGE and you can pay $60 and get something made,” Dukes said. “If I want something, I want to feel it. Is it hard or is it soft? It’s like a retail experience for creating.”

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