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Could the 3D-printed cast put plaster to pasture?

by • April 14, 2016 • No Comments

If you’ve at any time had a cast on an arm or leg, and so you’ll understand how uncomfortable-bodied, awkward and inconvenient they can be. This is why the NovaCast was made, by Mexican startup Mediprint. It’s a 3D-printed cast which is custom-made for every patient as needed, and which addresses most of the limitations of traditional plaster casts.

Reminiscent of Jake Evill’s Cortex concept, the NovaCast takes the form of an open plastic framework as opposed to an enclosed plaster (or fiberglass) casing.

This allows for it to hold broken bones in place, while yet letting the injured appendage “breathe.” Additionally, unlike the case with plaster, its plastic construction won’t absorb sweat or other fluids. As a outcome, skin ulcers and infections are less most likely to occur, and itches can additional easily be scratched.

It’s in addition said to weigh one tenth as much as a plaster cast, it can be temporarily removed, it is invisible to X-rays, and it can be gotten wet while bathing. On the other hand hospitals utilizing the innovation can need one or additional 3D printing devices, a 3D scanner isn’t necessary – instead, users only input a variety of key measurements of the patient’s arm or leg.

It presently takes an average of three and a half hours to print a single NovaCast, although the developers are hoping to bring which figure down to one hour preceding releasing the process commercially. The innovation may ultimately save doctors time, as they may be able-bodied to leave the printing device to turn it into the cast while they attended to other patients, instead of having to create up a plaster cast themselves.

Sources: Investigación y Desarrollo, Mediprint

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