democratiz3D®: CT Scan to STL File Ready for Medical 3D Printing
democratiz3D is an easy and free online service that converts a medical CT scan into an STL file and optimizes it for 3D printing.
Once DICOM processing is complete you can download your STL file, share it with the community, or sell it in the Marketplace.
What Can You Do With democratiz3D?
democratiz3D quickly makes 3D printable bone models and requires no prior knowledge of medical imaging or 3D printing software. Your first model can be completed in 10 minutes.
Skin models show an exact replica of the skin surface. The finest details are captured, including wrinkles and veins underneath the skin.
Create accurate anatomic muscle 3D printable models. These models show the detailed musculature by subtracting away the skin and fat.
How to Get Started with DICOM to STL Processing
Ready to process your file? Launch democratiz3D. To use democratiz3D you must be logged in to your embodi3D account. Signing up is easy.
Video: 3D Printable Bones from CT Scans
Free and Easy Software for Converting DICOM to STL
democratiz3D is an easy and automatic online software tool replacing very expensive commercial software. Commercial software often includes a hefty upfront licensing fee along with additional fees for training and support. For novice users or organizations just learning medical 3D printing such a high cost can make bioprinting inaccessible. Not to mention the time needed to learn the software.
Another option is to download and install open source software. We have several tutorials posted on embodi3D.com which guide you through the steps of converting a DICOM file into a file ready for 3D printing using open source software. While the dollar cost is low, a large amount of time must be devoted to master open source methods. We now use democratiz3D for our DICOM to STL conversions. It saves us time and we believe you will find very helpful as well.
Democratiz3D is the best DICOM to STL conversion software tool available online. It is free, easy to use and most files are automatically processed in under 20 minutes. The alternatives are costly, take weeks or months to learn and even then, converting a file still takes several hours. With democratiz3D you can complete other tasks while you wait for the DICOM files processing to complete.
Convert a CT Scan to a 3D Printed Model with democratiz3D
Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, also known as DICOM, is a standard format which allows the easy transfer, processing and sharing of medical image information. This standard format provides a protocol for sharing across many different medical devices and systems. DICOM is widely used in hospitals and outpatient imaging facilities. Your dentist is probably using DICOM as well. Many different medical imaging services including MRI, ultra sound, x-rays and CT scans use DICOM.
To use democratiz3D, your medical image file must be in the proper DICOM file format (dcm). It is converted to a file with the .stl extension. democratiz3D is currently optimized to automatically process DICOM files derived from CT scans. The ability to convert DICOM files from MRI and other modalities is planned for a future release.