3D Printed Casts to Heal Your Broken Bones

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Published: 06th February 2017
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Rejoice anyone with a broken arm! Plaster and fiberglass casts may soon be a thing of the past. You won’t have to go through recovery by permanently wearing a large, bulky and cumbersome weight. You won’t feel like your arm is being suffocated by a colossal covering that envelopes your entire limb. You’ll even be able to shower properly without worrying it will get wet! 3-D printing wants to change your world.

It's easy to guess why different types of 3D printing can drastically improve the process of healing shattered bones. A cast that is 3D printed may be adjusted regarding size and shape to tailor-fit the person. The comfort aspect is considerably increased due to the design of the cast. And although your friends will no longer be signing your cast and writing their messages, it will definitely become a less ugly part of your wardrobe.

Studies are still continuing to make it much more cost efficient, so it can't go mainstream yet. The process can be more expensive dollar-wise, because it is still relatively new. Needless to say though, as the price is not quite ideal, it could already help save you time and help make the recovery very much less of an inconvenience. Less material is also applied and it is not difficult to find. You can use the same printer filaments utilized in your regular 3D printer.

Prosthetics company Bespoke teamed with 3D Systems to give this technology a try. The collaboration started when Scott Summit (a director in 3D Systems) broke his arm. They coordinated together with an orthopedic doctor to develop a 3D printed cast that can offer the steadiness needed for appropriate bone recovery after the surgical procedure. Unlike conventional casts, their design does not need to envelope the full arm but still was capable of giving ample strengthening to the bone. There wasn't a requirement to maintain it free of moisture since the 3D printed cast was created of plastic. The individual might also put on something directly on top of his or her skin when necessary, like scar reduction cream.

Mike North also came up with his own 3D printed cast when he broke his own leg. With his active lifestyle, North did not want conventional cast designs to limit his movement. He decided to team up with Fathom Studio. Together, they created a cast that addressed his concerns.It was strong enough to support healing but was not too cumbersome to restrict mobility. .At the same time, to promote healing, sensors were also added to the cast.

It goes without saying that 3D printing has come a long way since it first emerged in the 1980s. Make sure to be ahead of the game and more about the technology that will continue to make waves across all business sectors.

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