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3D Printed Casts Would Be An Awesome Replacement For Plaster Versions

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Medical technology has made leaps and bounds over the last several decades, but some basic treatments remain the same. For example, when we break our fragile limbs, we still get plaster casts. The bandages excel at keeping bones in place until they knit back together, but they’re bulky. You have to keep them out of water, wear your clothes around them, and they also are itchy and gross. Designer Jake Evill sees another way. He’s designed a 3D printed cast.

The exoskeletal design is shower friendly, light, and effective. You have to admit that it also looks incredibly cool. Each cast would be customized for maximum support; that support would be determined by an X-ray and 3D scan of the injury. There are negatives to the process (i.e. the time it takes to print the cast), but I could see treatment for broken bones eventually headed down a path like this.

See more images after the break.

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(via SlashGear)


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