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India’s MGM University inaugurates Stratasys’ J850 3D printer

The Digital Anatomy 3D printer will be used for creating anatomical and biomedical models

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Stratasys’ J850 Digital Anatomy 3D printer has been inaugurated at the Rukmini Auditorium at MGM University in Maharashtra, India. Installed at the University’s Innovation, Incubation, and Research Centre (IIRC), the 3D printer is the first-of-its-kind facility in Maharashtra.

The J850 Digital Anatomy 3D printer is extensively utilized for creating anatomical models, and biomedical and biocompatible materials – enabling experiments in surgery, industry, education, healthcare, engineering, automotive, aerospace, gynecology, physiotherapy, and design.

This technology will be beneficial for pre-surgical planning before performing surgery. Due to the unavailability of cadaver organs, performing surgeries has become difficult, but now the university will be able to create and experiment with such organ models – serving as a valuable bridge between medicine and engineering.

The printer reportedly cost the university around $600,000.

India's MGM University inaugurates Stratasys' J850 Digital Anatomy 3D printer to create anatomical and biomedical models.

“We have been training surgeons from various countries at AIIMS. The advent of 3D printing has brought about a fundamental change in the healthcare sector, allowing for the creation of specific models, thereby facilitating the preparation and practice necessary for surgery,” said Dr. Ramandeep Singh, a scientist from the Neuro-Engineering Lab at AIIMS.

“I congratulate MGM University on launching the Stratasys J850 Digital Anatomy 3D Printing Facility. Recently, we have observed the impact of digitalization across nearly all sectors in the country. From aeronautics to healthcare, 3D printing is now widely used. The UGC has been emphasizing connectivity between universities and industry. With the launch of this technology at MGM today, students will have access to various opportunities in research and industry,” said Dr. Y. Chandrashekhar, the former Technology Director at DRDO.

“When we change our perspective, we change our life. Nothing is impossible in this world. Our forces too, are adapting to new technologies faster. The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach mentioned in the National Education Policy is an example of additive manufacturing. Today, this facility is being launched at MGM, and I urge students to take advantage of it,” said Dr. Dinesh Singh Thakur, Director of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology.

“We are witnessing a revolution in the healthcare sector due to 3D printing. Similarly, this technology is being widely used in various fields globally. Today, this technology is being launched at MGM University, and I congratulate the university on this achievement,” said Erez Ben Zvi, Vice President of Medical at Stratasys.

“In contemporary times, we spend very little on research and development. Today, our country invests only 0.7% in this sector, which is a matter of concern. The launch of this facility at MGM today is certainly a joyous occasion. This technology has brought about fundamental changes not only in the healthcare sector but also in other fields, making treatment more dynamic and accessible,” said Dr. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Stratasys.

“MGM University has always been implementing innovative initiatives with the holistic development of students in mind. With this facility now available at the university, many opportunities have opened up for students. Engineering students will be able to learn many things through innovative research,” said Dr. Vilas Sapkal Vice-Chancellor of MGM University.

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