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New 3D printing manufacturing studio launches in Innovation Quarter

The technology represents another step in advancing medical treatment and patient-centered care.

Looking down cream hallway. There is a printer on the left side with a white hand behind glass and rows of computer desks. On the other side are large machines.

The FDA has cleared Ricoh’s process of additive manufacturing to produce the anatomic models.

Photo via Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Innovation Quarter continues to live up to its name. It now holds a first-of-its-kind manufacturing facility for 3D-printed anatomic models.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Ricoh USA, Inc. launched the Ricoh 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio in partnership with Wake Forest University School of Medicine. It will allow researchers and physicians to print 3D models of body parts using a specific patient’s medical images. The models will be used for pre-surgical training + to help patients understand their procedures.

“The Ricoh 3D for Healthcare Innovation Studio is an incredible value-add to what is a growing community of life sciences companies and resources here,” said Isaac Perry, head of life sciences and ecosystem development for Innovation Quarter and Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. “We can’t wait to see what collaborations come out of this partnership.”

The idea is to eventually give startups and entrepreneurs in Innovation Quarter access to the equipment, as well. The studio is located in One Technology Place (200 E. 1st St.).

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