Those 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?