3D printed cast
3D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster
Designed by Turkish industrial designer Deniz Karasahin says that 3d printed cast will improve the overall healing experience for broken or fractured limbs by focusing on the patient’s comfort and the amount of time needed for the body to heal itself. Karasahin also says that the Cast is environmentally friendly and water resistant as well as being slimmer and lighter than traditional casts. The 3d casts would be customized for each patient. In order to fit the limb perfectly the injured area is scanned using a 3d body scanner. The subsequent data is transferred to a modelling software, where the overall size and geometry of the cast is decided.
The idea is that, by tailoring a 3D-printed cast to leave the space directly above an injured bone open, doctors could then fit them with ultrasonic devices that would speed the healing process. Ultrasound devices aren’t a new concept in the healing of bones, but traditional plaster casts aren’t very compatible with them.
By precisely positioning the ultrasonic pulse generators over the damaged bones, 3D-printed casts provide the best healing available, even when you’re out and about. With daily 20 minute ultrasound treatments, broken bones could be healed 38 to 80 percent quicker, depending on the injury.
Cortex cast is still very much in the development stage. Designer is currently working to nail down the optimal material for the cast and refine the scanning process. Next steps is working with a hospital to fully test the prototype and finding a manufacturer who can help make the Cortex Cast a reality. “There is much work to be done to bring the idea to fruition,” he says. “And I am actively seeking partners to work with in order to make it a reality.”
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Great if it works.
What’s not to like, lighter, heals faster, washable, you can scratch.
Looks like it will not happen soon enough.