Preserving Memories Through 3D Technology

To support families grieving the loss of a child, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), in collaboration with the Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory (APL), offers three-dimensional images and printed models that serve as memorial keepsakes to honor a beloved child. 

The Cardiovascular Surgery APL’s biomedical engineers meet with the family to discuss options for memory preservation that include capturing digital scans of the child’s hands and/or feet or images of the parent holding the child’s hands. Using creativity in the post-production process, biomedical engineers then provide the family with a password-protected 3D photography file accessed via sketchfab, as well as a durable 3D memorial keepsake model. The process can take less than 24 hours to complete.

3D Model of a parent holding a child’s hand
This initiative is supported by generous philanthropic donations to the Pediatric Advanced Care Team. 

About the Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory (APL) is a pioneer in the use of 3D printing to support healthcare. The laboratory has been utilizing advanced technology to support surgical planning, education and to enhance patient experience. Learn more by visiting