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Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Science |

Cortex: A 3D printed splint that will help heal your broken arm

Cortex: A 3D printed splint that will help heal your broken arm

(C) Jake Evill

Breaking a bone is painful in many ways, not only by the sense that there occur at the time of the tragedy, but also by having to carry a block of plaster while it heals our wound. While we can offer it to our friends for signature, pain or itching which involves having a splint causes us to become depressed more during recovery.

This motivated Jake Evill to create a new model of splint 3D printed known as Cortex. Under the slogan of “an exoskeleton that protects the internal skeleton” the is a light but strong nylon netting that fits perfect to the forearm. The grid pattern is related to the tension of the brace, leaving the part of the lesion with smaller holes so that there is better support.

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(C) Jake Evill

By design, the air circulates freely, so we will not suffer from that awful smell that is generated by conventional plaster splints. Similarly is waterproof and so thin and unobtrusive that we hide under clothing, but to be honest the Cortex looks so good that presume it would have no problem on the street.

According to Evill, the doctor may use a splint to develop software better suited to the injury that the patient has. Then using a 3D printer would have solved the problem, but compared with the traditional process the print a splint as Cortex takes three hours and the assembly process between 24 and 72 hours. This could be optimized as printing technology advances.

The author hopes that the splint can become popular among the medical community. At first glance it looks much more practical and comfortable than conventional solutions.

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(C) Jake Evill

Link: CORTEX (via Geekosystem )

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