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Materialise announced the newest version of the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite. This flexible platform of 3D printing software and services enables engineers and researchers to achieve rapid, reliable image segmentation and accurate 3D reconstruction using validated software. Users can now segment medical images faster with new intuitive tools such as a live 3D Mask Preview. Robust algorithms in the finite element analysis mesh preparation workflow allow the user to obtain high-quality meshes with more ease, even in challenging cases.

Segmenting anatomy from a CT or MRI scan is the most labor-intensive part in the process of creating a patient-specific device. That’s why the new version of the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite will enable users to perform segmentations faster through a combination of smarter editing tools and a live 3D Preview.

The Split Tool automatically splits two adjacent tissues by marking the two tissues in a few slices. Besides, it is now possible to alternate between 2D and 3D editing in a single operation. 3D models can also be fine-tuned with a more intuitive Contour Editing. With the help of the live 3D Preview, the user gets immediate feedback on the effect of all these edits on the virtual model, leading to a more streamlined and faster process.

Finite element analysis (FEA) not only permits the understanding of anatomical shapes, but also takes into account the patient’s activity, which is a crucial element for improving patient satisfaction. In order to make FEA meshing easier, the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite 19 contains new robust algorithms, a user-friendlier interface, and a better interaction with FE solvers.

Thanks to the new uniform mesh algorithm, the triangle quality has been improved and the results require far less calculation time, even for the most complex geometries. In addition, a new non-manifold assembly algorithm was introduced, making it easier to combine multiple parts, such as a bone and an implant, in a single mesh.

The resulting high-quality meshes are ready to be used in the most common commercially available solvers, preventing users from having to iterate multiple times between different software packages. With these improvements, it will be easier for a novice to get started with FEA meshing, while experienced users will be able to complete more challenging cases in less time.

“The grid system non-manifold assembly is a potential game changer. I will no longer have to spend hours or even days on getting complex meshes ready for FEA. This is a dream come true”, comments Dr. Jonathan Ford from the University of South Florida, USA.

For more information, visit: biomedical.materialise.com/materialise-mimics-innovation-suite-19

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