OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha’s Clarkson College is fluent in the world of 3D printing.
“3D printing actually can be used in several ways,” said Blair Kauzlarch. “Just about anything you can think of.”
Kauzlarich is the administrator for the school’s 3D Printing and Training Center of Excellence, working with hospitals and physicians of all subspecialties to help provide them with a personalized healthcare experience using 3D-printed tools.
Kauzlarich also works as an educator, and is responsible for the 3D Certificate Program.
“Ultimately my background and love is for pediatric cardiology, and it was there that I found the love of 3D imaging and using it to its full potential,” Kauzlarich said. “Whether it’s helping a surgeon see something different that they haven’t seen on scans of the patient’s anatomy to even educating the patient’s family.”
Until recently, the school’s 3D printing program could produce mostly educational tools; turning CT or MRI scans into tangible objects.
“To just help the patient better understand a diagnosis and relay that back with their physician and get on the same page as far as what going to happen to them and what their path of treatment plan is,” she said.
Clarkson FDA approval comes from a partnership with 3D Systems – a 3D printer medical device manufacturing company.
In simple terms, Clarkson can now print devices that can touch and go into a person’s body and can print devices and tools to help doctors plan and execute surgeries.
Kauzlarich demonstrates a 3D printed skull that is available in a range of colors.
“This is a surgical planning model so it’s mapped in thick and thin bone, so the surgeons can actually see where it’s safe to place screws, where it’s not for hardware because maybe its too thin, too thick.”
Clarkson College will be able to print devices at the 3D Systems colocation in Littleton Colorado. This partnership allows them to rely less on the printers that are on-site.
This also means that their certificate program could be expanded to include more future 3D printer professionals through 3D Systems.
Kauzlarich said the partnership is all about collaboration, and the 3D lab won’t just benefit Clarkson College, but the whole community.
Clarkson provides devices and 3D maps to doctors and surgeons in the Omaha area and beyond. Some veterinary clinics are also included.
They can assist almost any patient that reaches out.
“Any patient could come to us and say ‘I just need to better understand my diagnosis,’ maybe it’s a tumor and they don’t understand where it is located,” Kauzlarich said. “We can easily create an education model, whether it’s a virtual model on their device or we can print them something with color to better help them understand the anatomy and what they’re going to be going through.”
Here is the complete release about the partnership between Clarkson College & 3D Systems.
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