Cardiac 3D Print Lab

Cardiac 3D Print Lab


Phoenix Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Image Processing Applications Laboratory at Arizona State University, offers the latest in 3D printing for the purposes of surgical planning and family consultation.

The lab was one of the first of its kind to bring this type of technology to patient care.

Researchers at Phoenix Children’s Hospital produce patient specific 3D printed models for use by surgeons and physicians. The resulting 3D print is an accurate representation of a patient’s anatomy and can be used for surgical planning, family consultation and medical education.

We Need Your Help

The Cardiac 3D Print Lab is supported by grants and people like you; we do not charge families when a model is used for interventional planning. Please use the following link if you are able to support our developing labratory. 

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What is 3D Printing?

3D printing (also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing) is the process of creating a solid, three-dimensional object from a digital file. The printer deposits layers of a material (such as plastic, resin or metal) until the object is complete.

3D Print Lab Highlights

  • The lab has collaborated with more than 15 institutions spanning six countries. 
  • Heart models are often brought to the University of Arizona College of Medicine to help teach future doctors and surgeons. 
  • Dr. Stephen Pophal was awarded $75,000 in a 2012 Leadership Circle Grant to purchase a 3D printer and establish the joint ASU/PCH Cardiac 3D Print Lab. 
  • Dr. Pophal was awarded $59,000 in a 2014 Leadership Circle Grant to create libraries of 3D heart models to improve family-centered care and medical education outreach. 
  • The lab has also produced models for ears, skeletal structures, blood vessels, medical devices and brains.


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