Advanced Projects Laboratory News & Press

Google technology helps save inoperable baby

July 13, 2016 – A mom and dad in Minnesota see the life-saving, 3D image of their baby's heart for the first time.

How 3D printers saved a four year old girl's life

April 27, 2016 – Every human heart is different, and 3D printing is a changing the world of surgery by providing surgeons exact replicates.

Daughter’s recovery was a Christmas miracle

December 30, 2015 – A completely healthy four-year old girl had to fight for her life in an intensive care unit after catching the flu.

Heart surgeon uses 3D technology to make heart model for patient

January 15, 2015 – Adaenelie Gonzalez had two open heart surgeries by the time she was 4. She was born with a heart condition that prevented blood from flowing properly into the heart from the lungs, and the surgeries yielded only a temporary fix.

Most Recent Press Release

From the Operating Room to the Classroom; Healthcare Technology on Display for College Students

June 03, 2021 – During a two-day demonstration held in April at the University of Florida, anatomy students were able to observe and dissect 3D printed organs, including 40 heart models donated by Stratasys, maker of the J750 Digital Anatomy ™ Printer. The students also had the opportunity to see and learn about the structures of the heart up close with the ApoQlar HoloLens2 mixed-reality glasses.

Nicklaus Children's Innovates with Latest Immersive Technology to Support Planning of Congenital Heart Procedures and Medical Education

April 08, 2021 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is taking a lead globally in using the latest immersive technology to advance surgical care planning, and patient education. The hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory (APL) is now using emerging mixed reality technology to support planning of complex congenital heart procedures and help patient families visualize how the surgical team will conduct repairs. The technology is also being used to support clinical classroom learning in association with medical education partners.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Acquires 3D Printer to Support Pediatric Surgical Planning and Research

May 27, 2015 – The hospital’s use of 3D printing technology has proven to be instrumental in creating surgical solutions for children with complex congenital heart defects, who had been considered to be inoperable using conventional imaging techniques.

The Heart Institute uses 3D printing technology for surgical planning

January 14, 2015 – The Heart Institute at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is believed to be the first in the region to use three-dimensional printing technology to create a model of a patient’s heart to support pre-surgical planning for a child who was born with a complex heart anomaly.