A New Way to Heal Broken Bones: An Exoskeletal 3D Printed Cast
All of us know that Breaking a bone is an unpleasant thing — and having to wear a smelly, clunky plaster cast is like getting kicked when you’re down. At least, that’s how Jake Evill felt after breaking his hand.
Evill created the Cortex cast, a breathable, lightweight, recyclable and washable exoskeleton, 3d printed cast that mimics the body’s trabecular, the small honeycomb-like structure that makes up your inner bone structure.
Evill’s Cortex 3d printed cast also lets in plenty of air and due to its customized fitting and tight structure, it can fit under clothing more easily compared to traditional casts. Its honeycomb-like structure would also allow the wearers to feel the surroundings and scratch the inevitable itches more freely.
After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we, at last, bring fracture support into the 21st century. The Cortex exoskeletal 3d printed cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.
The cortex cast utilizes the x-ray and 3d scan of a patient with a fracture and generates a 3d model in relation to the point of fracture.