Spring 2018

See it in 3-D

The U’s Visible Heart Lab has printed 1,000 or so heart models to educate students, researchers, surgeons, and patients

For more than 20 years, the University of Minnesota’s Visible Heart Laboratory has provided in-depth knowledge of heart anatomy to students and researchers around the world. 

Today it’s also a trusted 3-D printing resource. The Visible Heart Lab prints heart models so device designers can see how a prototype might fit. It prints models to aid in student learning. It also prints exact replicas of patients’ hearts to help care providers explain intricate procedures. 

And it’s all supported by private gifts. 

“Philanthropy allows us freedom to think out of the box,” says Paul Iaizzo, Ph.D., a professor in the U’s Medical School and Carlson School of Management and holder of the Medtronic Professorship in Visible Heart Research. 

Here’s a small selection of the 1,000 models Iaizzo estimates his team has printed so far.

Make a gift to the Visible Heart Lab at give.umn.edu/giveto/vhl.