This plastic model of the patient’s skull or teeth where an implant will be placed has been a kind of luxury for both doctors and patients until now. Getting a reliable model of a human body part used to be expensive and the dentist would be wary about ordering it because only a few customers could afford it, even when such models have been useful for preparing a surgery or when explaining to the patient what would happen in the surgery room. But the development of technologies such as 3D printing have come nowadays to improve the procedure. That is, at least what two partners of DQbito believe, Lago González and Manuel Angel Iglesias, industrial and physical engineer, respectively, who show the world the virtues of biomedical engineering. Both partners are from Baiona and they sell affordable high quality anatomical plastic models of the human body to doctors from many different countries worldwide. These models have become available via the 3D printing from a single TAC downloadable from their website.
The benefits of these plastic jaws where a dentist can check the best position of a prosthesis are noticeable when one looks at the low prices and the clients bill. Nowadays one of these models can cost only as much as 50 euros. It is very cheap if you thought it’d cost 500 euros in the past. Doctors alike will not hesitate when it comes to using this device.
“We work mostly with dental specialists and maxillofacial surgery through medical imaging tests such as CT scans. The doctors themselves upload their files onto our website and we process them according to the specific demands from each of them. So we get an exact model of the person anatomy, both bones and soft tissue”, explains Manuel Angel Iglesias, one of the two partners of DQbito. DQbito was born three years ago after the two founders attended a course at the University of Vigo which sparked this business idea. Today the model is sold to European countries like Germany, Italy and France, and Spain, and coming soon to Mexico through a local partner.
The result is a tool that makes easier the doctors’ daily work. “This is a very accurate model to check surgery prosthesis before using them on patients,” he concludes.