One of the first steps in creating a model and performing preprocessing on it prior to simulations is 3D model reconstruction.
The Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite is a complete set of tools developed for engineering and medical professionals that allow you to perform a multitude of engineering operations for medical image processing. Due to the complex geometry of the human anatomy the most accurate way to generate a 3D model is via segmentation. Materialise Mimics is developed for the segmentation of medical images (input from CT, MRI, micro-CT, CBCT, 3D Ultrasound, Confocal Microscopy) in order to create 3D models of the subject’s anatomy.
Once the 3D model is created, the next step is to define a geometry in order to specify the domain of interest. The domain of interest is divided into small segments called mesh. A mesh is a discretization of a domain existing in one, two or three dimensions. Three-dimensional meshes created for numerical analysis need to consist of tetrahedral, hexahedra, pyramids or prisms. Using Materialise 3-matic, the mesh can be generated for further FEA or CFD analysis. The created mesh can be used as an input for Solver Packages such as Ansys. Next required steps for simulation include: definition of loading, boundary conditions and materials which can be done within the Ansys preprocessing software. Once the model has been set-up, it is ready to be solved using the Implicit/Explicit Solvers.
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The Materialise Mimics FEA module has explicitly been developed to enhance the performance of mesh generation. Some of the main features of this module include:
The main advantages that would be obtained using the FEA model are as the following:
Materialise’s medical division is dedicated to enabling researchers, engineers and clinicians to revolutionize patient-specific treatment that improves and saves lives. Our open and flexible platform, Materialise Mimics, forms the foundation of certified Medical 3D Printing and incorporates a comprehensive range of software solutions and 3D printing services.