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Jake Evill's Cortex Reimagines the Cast for the 21th Century


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This is so cool. My mom had hand surgery last year and had the most archaic looking cast on- this would make such a nice alternative!
#1 Savannah Peterson (Homepage) on 2013-07-02 21:21 (Reply)
What are The costs for the material. For example the arm cast that you have displayed ??
#2 León on 2013-07-03 03:43 (Reply)
Probably a three-digit figure. Also the personnel, time and equipment needed are
probably not comparable to an apprentice nurse slapping on a few plaster bandages. So perhaps something for the boy with osteogenesis imperfecta
featured in the other recent blog entry, or some famous athlete or singer, but
not your average guy who slipped on the stairs. (And I do not buy the nylon-is-so-much-more-eco-friendly argument either)
#3 mkroeker on 2013-07-03 09:02 (Reply)
Well, you can re-melt a lot of the materials used in 3D printing and reprint with them/use them in other applications. While a cast is likely biodegradable, you'll just toss it when you're done. I guess there's the eco-friendly argument. But... yeah, it would probably just end up being an excuse for docs to charge you more, haha. But by all means if it makes things cheaper...
#4 orangesrhyme on 2013-07-04 00:28 (Reply)
If made out of shapeway's "ElastoPlastic" material, I can definitely see this becoming a fashion item
#5 Scer_Cro on 2013-07-04 07:03 (Reply)
Helpful info. Lucky me I found your website by accident,
and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not
took place in advance! I bookmarked it.
No place for all your friends to write their stupid comments!... Nice idea, but until price / ease of application changes drastically, this ain't going to happen for a while.
#7 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-07-04 13:11 (Reply)
Next up - custom grip, lightweight crutches and canes!!
#8 C Clark on 2013-07-04 15:40 (Reply)
True. It's simply size of printer and price of material that holding many things back.
#9 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-07-04 15:46 (Reply)
You know what the very BEST thing is about this sort of "geek forward" movement and momentum? The geekification of everyday life. I'm a geek - an old geek - and I know a lot of geeks and there is one thing, specifically, that ALL geeks have in common and that is their love of FUN and putting piles of fun into otherwise droll places!!
The ready availability of all of the technology that lets all of that geek fun out into the light is like a DREAM!! It's just plain AWESOME.
I tip my hat to all of the young geeks who are not allowing the ridiculous and often petty "seriousness" of society deter them from having some open, in-your-face fun! Fun is serious business in geekdom. Fun in life and technology is where those FANTASTIC inspirations come from and what makes these technologies soar!
A thousand kisses to Shapeways and to all of my other fellow geeks! (it's OK, I'm a girl-geek and probably old enough to be most geeks' grandmother!)
#10 C Clark on 2013-07-04 15:57 (Reply)
It's not cheaper.... yet. The whole idea is that this technology has two places to go: cheaper and more mainstream. Eventually, not only will this be cheaper than a conventional cast, but a nurse will be able to print one with the same ease she 'slaps plaster on a limb' now.
#11 Anonymous on 2013-07-04 22:50 (Reply)
Hear ... hear!
#12 M.B on 2013-07-05 03:28 (Reply)
Looking at it I'm thinking maybe there is a middle ground between plaster and this net effect. What if spacers were stuck onto the arm before plastering.The plaster goes around the arm but the spacers provide holes. Once the plaster has set, remove the spacers and you're left with holes. Maybe rings of metal or stiff plastic are left around the spacers for structural support and to aid removal of the spacers.
#13 ChrisC (Homepage) on 2013-07-08 17:52 (Reply)

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