Our Mission

The 3D Printing Core is an interdisciplinary resource within the Institute for Engineering in Medicine that aims to bring the benefits of additive manufacturing and three-dimensional medical modeling to the University of Minnesota clinical community. The 3DP Core specializes in the use of segmentation, digital design, and additive manufacturing to provide 3D-printed renderings of medical scans to University of Minnesota clinicians.

Why 3D Printing?

3D printing is a powerful tool for visualizing unusual anatomies, improving patient communication, and enhancing understanding of the requirements and complications involved with clinical procedures. Printed three-dimensional models provide an intuitive spatial understanding of patient anatomy that is difficult to replicate with raw scans or digital models, and facilitates coordination between clinicians of different specialities.

Specific applications of 3D printing and segmentation include:

  • Pre-clinical education for physicians
  • Patient demonstrations
  • Anatomical models
  • Surgical simulators

Incorporating 3D-printed anatomical models into the pre-procedural planning process has been shown to significantly improve surgical outcomes and reduce uncertainty in the operating room. It can also play a valuable role in the production of patient-specific medical devices. To learn more about medical applications for 3D printing, please visit our information page.


The Core Manager's office for the IEM 3DP Core is located in the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, in Mayo G217 (directions).

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