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You could buy a skeleton, scan and print a copy, and then sell the skeleton to someone else.

Of course, if you do that you could get an accurate anatomical model (like those ones that show up in high school bio classrooms) for $200-$400 instead.

I wonder if there's a market in medical education for precise models of different body parts with one-click ordering from model->3D production->shipping to your education facility. This is distinct from the efforts of facilities who are using 3D manufacturing to create patient models on site for surgery planning.

There most definitely is. My significant other (who is training as an equine veterinarian) is frequently in contact with “synthetic cadavers” made by http://syndaver.com

This seems like it's just adding the extra step of 3D printing to anatomical models that are already made en masse.

Why 3D print if it's just going to be for education, not individualized patient models?

Ya know, I suppose in an ideal world you drive down the cost of on site manufacturing so you could spit out any model you wanted in the classroom. Want a healthy kidney? Boom, done. Want an organ that has a specific issue for a particular ailment being studied? Out it comes.

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