At the forefront of medicine and technology, we are proud to offer these incredible, uncompromised replicas of human anatomy. Using the latest 3D printing technology and materials available, this model is an exact replica of a human cadaver, brought to ""life"" by extensive medical scanning and manufacturing technologies. Over are the days of using ethically questionable cadavers, the mess of hazardous preservation chemicals, and the inaccuracies of plastinated models that often over-enhance anatomy for display, not realism. See the future, and the beauty, of real human anatomy with these incredible anatomical replicas!
This 3D printed heart has been dissected to display the internal structures of the chambers. At the base of the heart the termination of the superior vena cava is preserved entering the right atrium. Part of the inferior vena cava is also preserved on the inferior aspect of the right atrium; however, most of the vessel lumen and much of the anterior wall has been removed to expose the pectinate muscles of the right auricle and the fossa ovalis (which is nearly translucent in the 3D print). The anterior wall of the right ventricle has also been removed to expose the right atrioventricular valve and its three cusps (anterior, posterior, and septal), including the chordae tendineae connecting them to respective papillary muscles projecting from trabeculae carneae (including a septomarginal trabecula entering the anterior papillary muscle from the interventricular septum). The smooth wall of the conus arteriosus is also exposed leading to the pulmonary semilunar valve (left, right, and anterior cusps) at the base of the pulmonary trunk. Preserved and encircling the right atrioventricular valve is the right coronary artery, ultimately passing to the posterior aspect and the origin of the posterior interventricular artery and atrioventricular nodal artery.
On the posterior side of heart the terminations of the pulmonary veins are visible entering the opened left atrium. Just anterior to the depression of the fossa ovalis in the interatrial septum the left atrioventricular valve with its two cusps (anterior and posterior) is preserved, along with the associated chordae tendineae and papillary muscles in the ventricle. The walls of the opened left ventricle preserve well-developed trabeculae carneae. At the apex of the ventricle the aortic semilunar valve (with left, right, and posterior cusps preserved) can be seen at the base of the sectioned aorta alongside the origin of both coronary arteries.
The left coronary artery in this specimen is very short, giving rise almost immediately from its origin to the left anterior descending artery, the diagonal artery, the ramus intermedius, and the circumflex branch. The latter branch passes between the left atrium and ventricle adjacent to the opened coronary sinus leading to the right atrium. The left anterior descending branch penetrates the myocardium in this individual and travels through the tissue, only emerging superficially to become visible again near the apex.
This heart measures 7 inches wide, 9 inches from top to bottom, and if laying flat on a table, it is 6 inches tall. The circumference around the widest part is 14 inches. Each valve measures about 3 inches across at the widest part.
Please Note: Thanks to the flexibility of manufacturing that 3D Printing offers, this model is ""printed to order"", and is not typically available for immediate shipment. Most models are printed within 15 working days and arrive within 3-5 weeks of ordering, and once an order is submitted to us, it cannot be canceled or altered. Please contact us if you have specific a specific delivery date requirement, and we will do our best to deliver the model by your target date.
Advantages of 3D Printed Anatomical Models
- 3D printed anatomical models are the most anatomically accurate examples of human anatomy because they are based on real human specimens.
- Avoid the ethical complications and complex handling, storage, and documentation requirements with 3D printed models when compared to human cadaveric specimens.
- 3D printed anatomy models are far less expensive than real human cadaveric specimens.
- Reproducibility and consistency allow for standardization of education and faster availability of models when you need them.
- Customization options are available for specific applications or educational needs. Enlargement, highlighting of specific anatomical structures, cutaway views, and more are just some of the customizations available.
Disadvantages of Human Cadavers
- Access to cadavers can be problematic and ethical complications are hard to avoid. Many countries cannot access cadavers for cultural and religious reasons.
- Human cadavers are costly to procure and require expensive storage facilities and dedicated staff to maintain them. Maintenance of the facility alone is costly.
- The cost to develop a cadaver lab or plastination technique is extremely high. Those funds could purchase hundreds of easy to handle, realistic 3D printed anatomical replicas.
- Wet specimens cannot be used in uncertified labs. Certification is expensive and time-consuming.
- Exposure to preservation fluids and chemicals is known to cause long-term health problems for lab workers and students. 3D printed anatomical replicas are safe to handle without any special equipment.
- Lack of reuse and reproducibility. If a dissection mistake is made, a new specimen has to be used and students have to start all over again.
Disadvantages of Plastinated Specimens
- Like real human cadaveric specimens, plastinated models are extremely expensive.
- Plastinated specimens still require real human samples and pose the same ethical issues as real human cadavers.
- The plastination process is extensive and takes months or longer to complete. 3D printed human anatomical models are available in a fraction of the time.
- Plastinated models, like human cadavers, are one of a kind and can only showcase one presentation of human anatomy.
Advanced 3D Printing Techniques for Superior Results
- Vibrant color offering with 10 million colors
- UV-curable inkjet printing
- High quality 3D printing that can create products that are delicate, extremely precise, and incredibly realistic
- To improve durability of fragile, thin, and delicate arteries, veins or vessels, a clear support material is printed in key areas. This makes the models robust so they can be handled by students easily.
Q & A
Q: What are the dimensions of the 3D Printed Heart?
A: This heart measures 7 inches wide, 9 inches from top to bottom, and if laying flat on a table, it is 6 inches tall. The circumference around the widest part is 14 inches. Each valve measures about 3 inches across at the widest part.