Testimonial: 3D printing of model hearts by Phoenix Children’s Hospital workflow made safer with ductless technology

Cardiac surgeons require a great deal of imagery before they operate on a child’s heart.

Screen capture, 3D Heart Models Help Save Children's Lives, Phoenix Children's Heart Center.

Screen capture, 3D Heart Models Help Save Children’s Lives, Phoenix Children’s Heart Center.

They need to be able to visualize the arrangement of the heart’s components and defects they want to correct before they embark on surgery.

For decades, visualization imagery was provided by MRIs and CT scans.

Now those imaging technologies are starting points for fully rendered 3D models of the heart, models the surgeons can touch and analyze from all angles before they enter the operating suite.

In a process jointly developed with the Images Processing Applications Lab at Arizona State University, the nationally recognized Cardiac 3D Print Lab at Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital uses the images produced by MRIs and CT scans to print accurate 3D models of patients’ hearts.

Sidebar describing printer used by Phoenix Children's Heart Lab.In addition to providing crucial information to surgeons, the accuracy of the models improves communication with families, who may be struggling to understand their child’s condition.

Leading edge activities, however, aren’t always free of workplace hazards.

Production processes in the Cardiac 3D Print Lab entail the use of enamels, epoxies, and adhesives.

Proper safeguards for these processes include adequate ventilation.

A Cardiac 3D Print Lab team member reports

3D printed and color coded model hearts displayed in Sentry Air's Model 330 Ductless Spray Hood, installed in the Cardiac 3D Print Lab to capture aerosol sprays. No remodeling or additional ductwork was required.

3D printed and color coded model hearts displayed in Sentry Air’s Model 330 Ductless Spray Hood, installed in the Cardiac 3D Print Lab to capture aerosol sprays. No remodeling or additional ductwork was required.

“Phoenix Children’s Hospital houses the Cardiac 3D Print Lab which produces 3D printed models for surgical planning, family consultation, and medical education in addition to innovating research.

“Some research applications require epoxies, enamels, plastics, silicones, and dissolving

“In order to achieve a safe environment without slowing down momentum in research, we purchased the SS-330-DSH. The ductless fume hood was quickly integrated into the laboratory without significant infrastructure change, which would have been very challenging in a hospital.

“The hood allows us to effortlessly move models from the 3D printer to coating or casting processes that need ventilation.

Sentry Air's Model 400 Floor Sentry with a python hose.

The Cardiac 3D Print Lab uses a Model 400 Floor Sentry with a python hose like the unit shown in this photo to capture 3D printing particles. Like the Model 330 spray hood discussed above, the Model 400 traps respiratory hazards without expensive facility updates. Heavy duty casters and use of standard 115 electrical outlets makes the Model 400 a productive asset in innovative workplaces.

“In addition, we recognized the capabilities of the ductless technology and purchased the SS-400-PYT.

“The Portable Floor Sentry is able to be pushed to the area in the lab that needs it the most.

“It is easy to utilize the Floor Sentry for ventilating our vacuum chambers one moment then to the modified printer with experimental materials.

“Both Sentry units have been integrated into our lab and have been critical to its workflow.”

Justin Ryan
Cardiac 3D Print Lab
Phoenix Children’s Hospital


Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the US. The staff provides world-class care in over 70 specialty fields of pediatric medicine.

Phoenix Children’s Heart Center provides pediatric cardiac care to infants, children and teens with congenital heart defects, rhythm disturbances, heart failure and other cardiac-related problems.

Labs and maker spaces have a lot in common

Sentry Air is very pleased to know that our products are performing well in the Cardiac 3D Print Lab.

To read more about our ductless fume extractors and 3D printing, check out earlier blogs about counting particles and 3D printing at the Children’s Museum of Houston and our recent installation of an ambient air cleaner there.

Innovative processes drive your lab?

If you’re seeking appropriate ventilation for your lab processes without disruption to the physical facility, please give our applications specialists a call at 800.799.4609.

You can also email them at sales@sentryair.com or contact them via the comment forms on this page and on the pages of our website.



Cardiac 3-D Print Lab

Image Processing Lab, University of Arizona

3D printing fume extraction for the medical and surgical industry

Video: Biomedical engineers create 3-D model of heart

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