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3D Printed Cast Gives Patients More Comfort

by Bidita Debnath on  July 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
An attractive alternative to the bulky plaster and fiberglass casts is the latest in 3D printing is a new cast.

The new design comes from Jake Evill, a recent graduate of the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
 3D Printed Cast Gives Patients More Comfort
3D Printed Cast Gives Patients More Comfort
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Dubbed "Cortex," the cast looks like a mash-up of a spider web, a piece of honeycomb and a fishnet stocking.

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Leon Benson, a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, as well as a practicing surgeon himself, said that the network of holes is one of the new cast's greatest benefits.

He told ABC News that it will at least allow patients to scratch themselves.

The new cast will also let air circulate and prevent the buildup of odour caused by traditional casts.

The network of holes also gives it another benefit - less weight.

Although there is less material, Benson said he believes the cast will hold the patient's arms firmly in place.

Source: ANI
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