Hose who are unfortunate enough to fracture a limb but fortunate enough to do so after the advent of the 3d Printing technology can rejoice. Jake Evill, an Architecture and Design school at Victoria University of Wellington alum and Shapeways user, devised an ingenious alternative to the classic plaster of paris cast, one day effectively making the smelly, cumbersome monolithic a thing of the past.
“Cortex” differs from traditional orthopedic braces by first 3D Scanning the broken limb, reconstructing it into a 3D model, and algorithmically flowing a biomorhpic lattice support structure onto the surface. The digital file is then send to a 3D printer. The product is a robust and stylish custom cast made from sintered Nylon. Parts are snapped together to create a snug, perfect fit, and the open, ventilated membrane allows the wearer to scratch a bothersome itch or run the structure underwater without fear of turning your cast into bacterial playground.
Jake Evill’s invention marks one of the many recent 3D printed contributions towards the democratization of the health care industry. Never before has it been so cost-effective to create a customized brace, and Evill hopes to make the process that much easier by modeling each cast algorithmically and automatically. What other ways can 3D printing transform the medical industry?