Re: CT scan into .STL file

From: Alf Jahn (
Date: Wed Oct 08 2003 - 18:46:02 EEST

Hello Mr. Howard,
i know that Materialise is offering a software as interface between medical
scanners (CT, MRI, Technical scanner, ...) an Rapid Prototyping, its called
Mimics ( ). Perhaps you can
ask Materialise for a university which is using that or you can contact (there i have seen the process chain from medical
scan to rp model).


Alf Jahn |

3D Modelling/ Rapid Prototyping
Burg Giebichenstein College of Art and Design Halle

At 00:36 08.10.2003 -0700, you wrote:
>I actually have two questions (at least) for the group. First, how can CT
>scan data be converted into an .STL file format? Can anyone out there
>offer a cheap method of doing this?
>Secondly, I have a need for building a physical model of a human trachea
>using CT scan data. I presume that a stereolithography UV resin model
>would be the best method of replicating the trachea airway, but I am open
>to other suggestions. This project is on a very tight budget, please read
>that as charity, as the patient has exhausted all her own resources in
>this endeavor. Please advise as to how best proceed.
>I am also personally interested in using the CT scan data as an imported
>file type to create a 3D reference model in SolidWorks so that a silicone
>stent can be designed using the existing trachea geometry. Anybody know
>what I am talking about? I welcome any and all suggestions. This could
>be a good opportunity for some very positive business PR or as a first
>extension of RP into the medical field for the right individuals. Thanks.
>R. Howard - Mechanical Designer

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