JORGE COLON: Having the printout of the actual bone that they're going to be working on, it is-- it's a game changer for the ability for a surgeon to understand how exactly they're going to attack that surgery when they-- when they put the knife to skin.
SEAN BELLEFEUILLE: The idea came from a local surgeon that reached out to us and asked us for a 3D printed anatomical model to help him better prepare for a surgical case. So what we did is we took a CT scan and we converted that into a 3D printable model. We sent that over to him. And he was actually able to manipulate the bone. He was also able to take the actual implant and practice on it so that he knows the exact size he needs and the location.
JORGE COLON: What Sean is putting together here is an idea that fulfills a need that we didn't know we had. No one has held that larynx in their hand in a malleable way before that you could put sutures and pull that arytenoid back. You can touch it. You can move it. You can look at it you can turn it around. Man, this is unbelievable.
SEAN BELLEFEUILLE: So this type of technology is available in the human field but the main issue is the cost. Insurance usually reimburses everything, so these models can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. Our goal as a company is to create a business model and a sales model that reflects the veterinary market, that makes veterinarians and their pet owners able to actually afford this type of technology. And really, what that does is just it benefits everyone. That benefits the pet, the owner, as well as the surgeon to make it an easier procedure.
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First-year Cornell veterinary student Sean Bellefeuille runs a business that prints 3D anatomical models for surgeons and students.