3D Print of the Week

3D print of the week: uterus model for practicing IUD placement

Dr. Holly Wong Cummings

This week’s print is a model of a human uterus to help Perelman School of Medicine students practice IUD (intrauterine device) placement.  The model is split into two parts that will be held together by a magnet.  The students will attempt to place the IUD blindly and then open the model to see how they did.

According to 4th year medical student Dan Saris, working with Dr. Holly Cummings,  Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, “At Perelman School of Medicine, we are looking for innovative ways to teach students valuable technical skills, such as IUD placement and performing a Pap Smear. By using [the Biomedical Library’s] 3D printing lab to create a more life-like model of a uterus, we are able to give students a much more realistic form of simulation that will improve their skill set as they begin taking care of their own patients.”


Printed in TPU flexible material on the Ultimaker 3 Extended.

Learn more about the Biomedical Library’s 3D printing service which is proud to print complimentary objects and provide 3D design consultations  contributing to innovation in teaching, learning, research, and clinical care at the University of Pennsylvania.

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