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    Dear Aris, as you found out Geomagic Freeform and Materialise 3-Matic for 3D modeling are very expensive (annual license cost between 5000 -11000 € depending what features are included, what field you want to use them for, etc.). But there are also open-source softwares like Blender, Meshmixer, Meshlab (more for engineers), MeVisLab... Unfortunately, Blender and Meshmixer, alone, don't have all these features as Freeform, but if you combine two of them you can make pretty decent models with great accuracy. You should familiarise with that softwares, and there are lots of tutorials available on youtube, and internet pages like https://www.blender.org/support/tutorials/ , and https://blenderartists.org/forum/ ... Hope this helps a bit
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    I was recently asked this question and I am sharing the answer with the group in hopes that somebody will find it helpful. Question: "I am a teacher at a High School in Arizona, we recently built a FAB LAB (digital fabrication facility) and are interested in starting a medical imaging class/club. We have several medical professionals, Dentist, Orthopedic Surgeon, General Practice, Physical Therapist and Medical researchers, who are interested in volunteering in to help with this program. Our goal is twofold, one to increase student interest in pursuing medical professions and two to give students an avenue for employment in the emerging 3D medical imaging field. Ultimately our goal would be to have a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program where students could graduate with some sort of certificate indicating competency. My question is, are there recommended training/certification programs that we need to consider and implement? What are your recommendations for us moving forward with this program. Any information you could provide would be appreciated." Answer: " Hello ______ Just to clarify, are you talking about medical 3D Printing? If so, there is currently no such certification program in this technology. One basic requirement is an understanding of medical imaging technologies, so I would say a bare minimum to do medical 3D printing would be a certification as a CT or MRI technologist, which have established training pathways for post-secondary education. Here is a link. https://study.com/ct_technician.html You would then have to obtain experience with 3D printing, of which there is no formal pathway. Of course, you can obtain greater imaging expertise as a radiologist, which is 4 years of med school and 6 of residency and fellowship after college. Again, there is still no formal pathway for the actual 3D printing component of this. Hope this helps."
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    Dr. Mike

    MeshLab vs Blender

    Blender is very confusing to use at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is quite powerful. My workflow right now is focused on Blender and MeshMixer primarily.
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    Hi All! Just found this site via Dr. Mike's Twitter profile. I wanted to share some software that people can play with that are free for segmentation, etc. Slicer: http://www.slicer.org/ Very straightforward and clear tutorials. Devide: http://code.google.com/p/devide/ Convoluted but still very useful. The folks at TUDeflt have some very cool stuff ITK-Snap http://www.itksnap.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php Semi-automated segmentation. MiaLite: http://www.mia-solution.com/downloads.html Free for academic use. Seems pretty cool. Haven't had a chance to play with it yet but will. Finally, here's a site that has some pretty impressive tools: I Do Imaging: http://www.idoimaging.com/home Just great overall resource. Looking forward to the future with all of you!
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    Hello kakaydin, This is a real sticking point with 3D printing in medicine. There is indeed enormous potential, but real innovation is currently limited by the lack of availability and high price of software that can do medical 3D printing. That being said with patience and practice you can do it. I actually don't use CAD software to prep my models for 3D printing. You will need to use some software package that can read DICOM images and generate an STL file. I use Osirix, a free open source DICOM reader for Macintosh. In this software you segment the structure you want and then export it to STL. From there I import it into Blender. This is a free open-source software package on most platforms designed for CGI animation. Because animation often deals with organic shapes, it is better than true CAD software. Blender has a tough learning curve but is capable once you have invested some time (and it's free!). I have a series of tutorials that I have planned to release on the Embodi3D website in the next month or two on just how to do this. If you like, I can let you know when I get them online.
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    Please try to attend if you can. This is perhaps the best conference specifically focused on medical 3D printing available. I've attended in the past and it is terrific.
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