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3D Printing

Discover how we're using 3D printing technology in teaching and research.

Printing in 3D is the science of converting digital images of objects into life-sized models using a raw material such as plastic. Our department is a regional and national leader in harnessing 3D printing technology to power our research and educational missions.

One of the ways we are leading is through our Stratasys J750™ Digital Anatomy™ 3D printer, the most advanced on the market and the only one of its kind in the region. It prints in multiple textures and materials as well as in more than 500,000 colors. We also own two other 3D printers and a tissue printer.

With this cutting-edge technology, we generate life-like models of organs that mimic the real feel of bone and tissue, and even build models based on real patients to plan down to the finest detail surgeries and procedures.

3D printing and education
Access to the latest 3D technology gives our residents and students a true advantage throughout their training and prepares them for successful careers as neurosurgeons. We use the realistic models we generate in lots of ways, including:

  • Learning brain and spinal cord anatomy
  • Recognizing common and uncommon pathologies
  • Mastering critical surgical techniques such as clamping veins
  • Practicing surgical approaches

We’re already dedicated to taking a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the best training experience possible for our residents and students as well as the best outcomes for the people we treat. Our top-of-the-line 3D printing technology opens even more opportunities for us to work with other departments at KU Medical Center as well as other local and regional institutions and organizations.

3D printing and research
The technology of 3D printing represents an important opportunity to help advance neuroscience knowledge that could lead to the development of new, innovative care options.

We also help sponsor a unique regional research symposium that brings together other academic medical centers, universities and technology companies invested in moving 3D printing technologies forward.

For more information about the ways we’re using 3D printing technology in education and research, contact Jason Gorup, Research Administrator, at

Department of Neurosurgery

University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Mailstop 3021
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-0356
Fax: 913-588-6061