June 5, 2007 With multimedia technologies maturing, we are beginning to see some quite remarkable media tools emerging so that experts and educational publishers can more easily develop new ways of displaying information and furthering understanding. Going one step further, Zygote Media Group used its expertise in those fields to create hyper-accurate 3D models of the human body. The models are available to anyone but will find most application with companies in the biomedical, entertainment, athletic gear, and video gaming industries to ensure the term “anatomically correct” applies to the products they develop. The models are incredibly detailed (skeletons, heart, arteries, nerves, and muscle tissue) and have already been used in the development of new products such as back braces, shin guards, sports shoes and stents to place in damaged arteries.
Zygote has devloped 3D CAD models for movies such as “Hollow Man,” Coca Cola commercials, Discovery Channel, and a host of textbooks, university classrooms, trade journals, corporate training videos, pharmaceutical research, marketing materials, and educational software. Biomedical companies, for example, use heart models to develop stents to place in damaged arteries and skeletal models to design a brace that may straighten a crooked spine. Increasing demand from medical device manufacturers for anatomy models generated in SolidWorks prompted Zygote to adopt the 3D CAD software. Being a SolidWorks Solution Partner, Zygote and the Zygote Human Anatomy and Skeletal Data are featured on the SolidWorks partner Web site. “Biomedical research and development is a fast-growing market, and SolidWorks is clearly the 3D CAD software our customers use the most,” said David Dunston, Zygote executive partner and designer. “The software allows us to apply detailed MRI and CT scan data we’ve generated to create extremely precise solid models. Its surfacing capabilities are crucial when dealing with complex forms such as the heart muscle.”
Zygote models designed in SolidWorks save companies the time, effort, and cost of creating accurate models from scratch or relying on rapid prototyping, which can cost thousands of dollars and delay development.
Canadian medical device manufacturer Pega Medical, Inc. uses Zygote tibia and femur models to develop orthopedic pins and devices that aid in treating brittle bone diseases. “We immediately experienced a decrease in the amount of time it took to design and develop our products,” said Enrique Garcia, Pega Medical’s director of engineering. “The Zygote models worked exceptionally well within SolidWorks software, and we were able to easily scale the models for product development. The Zygote solid models took weeks off of our development time and helped us design better products.”
Customers also use Zygote models to develop shin guards for children, athletic shoes, and walkers for the elderly. One customer used models of human ribs to design the fork for a custom-built motorcycle.
“The possibilities for these models are almost endless,” said Rainer Gawlick, SolidWorks vice president of worldwide marketing. “Developing them in SolidWorks will help our customers refine their product development. Congratulations to Zygote for blending true innovation and a drive for accuracy to further our understanding of anatomy.”
Zygote’s library of licensable content boasts the most comprehensive and integrated collections of anatomical models and textures available.