The use of plastinated specimens relieve universities and other institutions of the myriad logistical responsibilities and economic challenges inherent in managing traditional anatomical teaching resources.
Many universities maintain their own body donation programs. Such programs are time consuming and require a considerable degree of organization and care with the appropriate administration.
Due to costs, smaller universities may not be able to maintain wet specimen dissection or may need to limit it severely. Due to religious and cultural restrictions, institutions is some countries have no possible access to body donors. Plastinates are economically efficient teaching resources, as additions to traditional teaching methods, or as an advanced alternative to wet specimen dissection.
Plastinates have a longlasting durability and can be reused year after year. They therefore typically recoup their cost within a few semesters.