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Injured football player may wear 3D-printed brace in Super Bowl – CNET

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Thomas Davis wears a 3D-printed brace during practice for the Super Bowl. Carolina Panthers National Football League player Thomas Davis had both a triumphant and a devastating game on January 24. His Carolina Panthers dominated the Arizona Cardinals and earned a trip to the Super Bowl, but at the expense of a broken right forearm for Davis.
Davis may be carrying a few extra equipment with him onto the field if he plays in Super Bowl 50 as he’s determined to. His arm has a metal plate and 12 screws storeing it together. He in addition has a 3D-printed arm brace which was made to preserve the injury during the game.
3D printing company Whiteclouds is the brain behind the brace. It utilized a 3D scan of Davis’ arm to create a shock-absorbing brace made of a blend of plastic and rubber-like materials. Holes store the mass down and improve breathability.
The create and engineering phase took place in just 8 hours. The actual print took 30 hours on a Stratasys Connex industrial-strength 3D printing device. Whiteclouds shipped the brace in time for Davis to test it during practices in the week major up to the big game this Sunday.

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Scott Perone of 3D Elite, a developer of 3D-printed braces and casts for athletes, collaborated with Whiteclouds on the project. “Thomas Davis is may already the ‘bionic man’ in our book,” Perone said in a release. “This personalized 3D brace lined with Poron XRD makes him a bit additional indestructible.” Poron XRD is a soft, flexible material createed to absorb shocks and preserve of effects.

The 3D-printed brace wasn’t the just version in the running to preserve Davis’ arm, but it was the one the player chose over three other regular braces. He picked it for its toughness. According to statements made during media night on Monday, he “took each opportunity to hit it on a fewthing.”
Products made through 3D printing are becoming additional common on the medical scene. We have seen eachthing of 3D-printed casts to a 3D-printed sternum and ribs createed for a cancer patient.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is open to letting Davis play in the Super Bowl, actually with the fracture yet healing. “When the doctors say he’s 100 percent, I’ll go with it,” Rivera said. According to Whiteclouds, Davis may and so become the initially NFL player to wear a 3D-printed piece of equipment in a game.3D brace3D braceEnlarge Image

A rendering of the Davis’s 3D-printed brace conclude with his uniform number. Whiteclouds


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