Awesome Technology- The 3D Printed Cast

Posted: July 9, 2013 in Technology
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3D printed cast

Finally after dealing with clunky, itchy and smelly casts for years there is finally another option on the medical horizon. The 3D printed cast provides a very precise and equally beneficial support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.

The 3D printed cast is created after the patient’s bones have been x-rayed and the outside of the limb has been 3D scanned. Once this has been completed computer software would then determine the optimum shape for stabilizing the injury with denser support focused around the fracture itself and generate a 3D model of the exoskeletal cast before it is created.

3D printed cast

The pieces would be printed on-site and clip into place with fastenings that can’t be undone until the healing process is complete, when they would be taken off with tools at the hospital as normal. Unlike current casts, the materials could then be recycled.

 3D printed cast

Currently, the 3D printed cast cast takes around three hours to create. Today’s plaster casts only take three to nine minutes, but requires 24-72 hours to be fully set. However, with hopeful improvements concerning the 3D printed cast, there should be a big reduction in the time it’s production.

The project was done in collaboration with a University’s orthopedic department and looking for funding while it’s in the concept stage. You can check out the creator’s website, Jake Evill, HERE.

  1. Can that really support the bones!!? 😯 This looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie! 😀 Plaster casts are really horrible and very old fashioned when you think how long they have been in use!

    I broke my arm at five years old in the early 70’s. I tripped over a tree root and landed on my right arm on a very large stone embedded in the ground, it was so perfect I couldn’t have arranged it better if I’d tried! Ruined a nice visit to the park, no swings and slides for me that evening! The cast I had was very heavy, far too thick for a little girl really, and when the day came to remove it, the doctors took one look, put their clipping tool away and got out a tiny electric saw, it was like a horror movie – I nearly ran away screaming! And the frightening thing about it was they had to hold my arm down so I didn’t move and shield my eyes from bits of flying plaster. I had to listen to the sound of the sawing noise, but not look – if only they had those polyamide casts in the 70’s!! 😀

    • Rahburt says:

      haha, i believe it can :). i know right, i was thinking the same thing. it sure has taken a while to finally have someone try and improve it’s technology.

      that’s crazy how well you remember that considering you were only 5 at the time. it’s nuts how bones just mend huh. haha, it is scary when they have to saw it off. i had to get them to reassure me that the cast was the only thing that was going to be cut. your scenario and memory of it does sound horrifying! i wish they had this type too because i hated not being able to fully wash my arm when i had to wear one.

  2. Chatty Owl says:

    Its amazing how technology is moving forward and people get those brilliant ideas to replace old relicts of our everyday life.
    This left me speechless!

    • Rahburt says:

      i know right! let’s invent something Owl. did i show up in your reader this time??? glad i could share something that left you speechless 😉

      • Chatty Owl says:

        It did this time, yes! But i had a wp update pending, so maybe that sorted out the problem?
        Ok then smarty pants, lets make it happen! Inventing time! Get your best gear and come here haha

      • Rahburt says:

        yes! well i think it was my fault. someone told me that if you use too many tags it won’t show up in the reader :-/. haha, i packed my tooth brush and my thinking cap. i’m on the way!

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