Creating Custom Anatomical Models

At GPI, we believe that a well-tuned process is the key to surpassing our client's goals.

With over 30 years of experience in creating custom plastic products we work closely with our clients to assess their needs and create original and realistic design concepts. Optional 1st run prototypes can be manufactured for customer approval. Once approved we will work to produce custom anatomical models in large quantities. During this process the production artwork for base imprints, printed materials, and packaging are finalized and implemented into the final assembly.

The whole process can take up to six months, so proper planning is absolutely critical to the success of any custom anatomical model project. 

Key Milestones in the Process:

  • Purchase Order Date
  • Prototype Approval Date
  • Pre-Production Sample Approval Date
  • Ready to Ship Date

Below is a look at a few of the steps that are involved in the creation of a custom anatomical model:

Sketches: This step sets the foundation for the entire project and is typically done hand-in-hand with the client to ensure that all crucial elements of the model are accounted for.


Digital Mock-Ups:  GPI's staff take the sketches and create professional images to better visualize the finished product.  During this step, clients are consulted as opportunities for improvements or concessions for economical large scale manufacturing come up while the design is being finalized.


Digital Proofs:  During this step, GPI finalizes the artwork and includes full color.  These proofs are then approved by the client.  This is the last step in the process prior to the creation of tools and molds required for manufacturing which makes it critical that all elements of the model are approved.

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New Pre-Production Samples:  This step is another chance to ensure that the custom model is exactly as expected.  GPI will manufacture a small number of models to ensure that they each meet our strict quality standards and the client will have a chance to inspect the model as well.


Decorated Samples:  This final step prior to mass production is a chance to ensure that all decorating and coloring is done exactly correct. Once approved, GPI will begin production of the total quantity agreed to.

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