A Broken Bone? 3-D Print Your Cast!

3-D printed “Cortex” as developed by Jake Evill. Image as shown in the article quoted

Recently there had been some bad vibes around 3-D printers due to all the reports that you can now download files to print your own (working) guns.

But this new development is rather fascinating: As the Daily Mail in its online portal summarized in a recent article,

  • Jake Evill, a media design graduate from New Zealand, has worked with the orthopaedic department of his university to create a next generation cast
  • Named the Cortex, it uses 3D scans and X-rays to provide tailor-made support for an injury and once printed it easily clips on to the affected area
  • Unlike traditional casts it is lightweight, ventilated, washable and thin enough to fit under a sleeve

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2354852/Is-plaster-cast-future-Designer-uses-3D-printing-create-tailormade-exoskeleton-help-heal-broken-bones.html#ixzz2h7x6Qa9f

Will we soon have 3-D printers in every (second) home? Will we start to rebuild spare parts not deliverable any longer? What other interesting uses did you encounter?

Update February 2014: Now a novel 3-D printer can print carbon fiber and make very strong structures. See the article on SmartPlanet.

About Hellmuth Broda

Independent Information and Communications Technology Strategist with an interest in the construction sites between business, society and technology. http://www.hellmuthbroda.com
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2 Responses to A Broken Bone? 3-D Print Your Cast!

  1. Stefan Broda says:

    Absolutely amazing! I wish this was around when I broke several bones over the years during my childhood! Plus: I’m sure the smell is a lot better when it is taken off 😉

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