By Edgar Sandoval, Contributor | Posted: September 23, 2021
On an average day, you’ll find our Additive Manufacturing team engineers in our Industrial Design Center busy designing Cat® machines and components. This often involves using their state-of-the-art 3D printer to create parts and assemblies. But every so often, they 3D print human organs.
Yes, you read that right.
These projects are part of a partnership with OSF Innovation and its Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center. The 3D prints give OSF’s surgeons an up-close, detailed view of the organs, prior to surgery. In recent years the team has 3D printed hearts. But this year, they printed a liver for the first time. It was Kevin Asbury’s liver. Kevin had stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver and was given a 20-30% of survival. Watch to learn more about how Caterpillar used the technology to support doctors who were able to save Kevin’s life.
Kevin and Melissa Asbury share their story.
Engineer Sister M. Pieta translates 3D images of liver.
Dr. Sonia Orcutt explains how the model helped her explain surgery to Kevin.
Eric and Christian use 3D printers to help Cat product developers.
When he’s not creating content to highlight our sponsorship partners, Edgar Sandoval is coaching soccer or telling jokes at comedy clubs around the country. He started here after spending time in Hollywood and working for four network television affiliates. Edgar loves telling stories about the people, products and services that make Caterpillar great!
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