Our History

Work on SynDaver’s initial technology began at the University of Florida in 1993, which involved the manufacture of synthetic trachea models to replace live animals to test airway devices and the development of inter-penetrating polymer-fiber networks to mimic lumenal structures such as vessels. The materials developed as a result of these studies are now used extensively in the industry as simple vein and artery analogs.

In 2004, SynDaver was formed as a company to commercialize a novel system of synthetic human body parts for the medical device industry. Today, our sophisticated models replicate human and animal anatomy in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organs―all made from complex composites that mimic the properties of the discrete living tissues they represent. Made from water, salts and fibers, our tissues have been validated to replicate the mechanical, chemical, thermal and dielectric properties of the relevant living tissue. In fact, SynDaver maintains the world’s largest database of LIVE tissue properties, and our products are used in such diverse fields as surgical training, medical device testing, consumer products evaluation and ballistics testing.

While traditionally known as a manufacturer of synthetic humans and animals for medical training, simulation and education, SynDaver had been utilizing 3D printing and additive manufacturing to develop molds and prototype pieces for SynDaver’s unique and custom projects for more than a decade. When a well-known Loveland, Colorado 3D printing company closed down at the end of 2019, SynDaver leveraged talent from that former company to form SynDaver 3D and began developing their own 3D printers. Since then, the SynDaver 3D team has launched the SynDaver Axi and Axi 2. SynDaver 3D provides made-in-America 3D printers with best-in-industry warranties and a unique trade-up program, which allows owners of SynDaver printers to trade older model SynDaver 3D printers in to receive a credit toward the purchase of new SynDaver 3D printers.

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