Materialise Mimics is an image processing software for 3D design and modeling, developed by Materialise NV,[1] a Belgian company specialized in additive manufacturing software and technology for medical, dental and additive manufacturing industries. Materialise Mimics is used to create 3D surface models from stacks of 2D image data. These 3D models can then be used for a variety of engineering applications. Mimics is an acronym for Materialise Interactive Medical Image Control System. It is developed in an ISO environment with CE and FDA 510k premarket clearance. Materialise Mimics is commercially available as part of the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite, which also contains Materialise 3-matic, a design and meshing software for anatomical data. The current version is 20.0, it supports Windows 10, Windows 7, Vista and XP in x64.

Materialise Mimics
3D surface models from abdominal CT .jpg
3D surface models created in Mimics from CT
Developer(s)Materialise NV
Stable release
20.0 / June 2017
Operating systemWindows
WebsiteMimics' Homepage


Materialise Mimics calculates surface 3D models from stacked image data such as Computed Tomography (CT), Micro CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Confocal Microscopy, X-ray and Ultrasound, through image segmentation. The ROI, selected in the segmentation process is converted to a 3D surface model using an adapted marching cubes algorithm that takes the partial volume effect into account, leading to very accurate 3D models.[2][3] The 3D files are represented in the STL format.

Uploading DataEdit

DICOM data from CT or MRI images can be uploaded into Materialise Mimics in order to begin the segmentation process. From this data, 3 different views are present: the coronal, axial, and sagittal views. Another window is present to display 3D objects.

Mask CreationEdit

The "New Mask" tool can be used to highlight specific anatomy from the DICOM data.

Printing ModelsEdit

Models can be sent to 3D printers in the form of STLs.

Spinal vertebrae displaying various mesh options. Top: normal high-density STL; Middle: surface mesh for FEA; Bottom: volume mesh including grayvalue-based material assignment
Aortic arch with thrombus modeled using Materialise Mimics.


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  2. ^ Gelaude F, Vander Sloten J, Lauwers B. Accuracy assessment of CT-based outer surface meshes, Computer Aided Surgery 2008, 13(4), p188-199.
  3. ^ Jamali AA et al. Linear and angular measurements of computer-generated models: are they accurate, valid and reliable? Computer Aided Surgery 2007, 12(5), p278-285.

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