Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, so much that it leaves us wondering if we should start calling things it does as miracles. One such miracle is 3D printing. From helping architects render complex models, to helping artists come up with complex creations, 3D printing has taken the world by storm. Adding another feat to it is the ability of 3D printed casts to heal your bones up to 40-80% faster. Don’t believe us? Read on.
Deniz Karasahin, a Turkish student, has created the Osteoid cast, which uses 3D printing and ultrasonic technology to repair bones up to 40% faster than standard casts. Casts are designed to generate tiny ultrasonic vibrations to reduce healing time. Karahasin stated, “For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38%, and increase the heal rate up to 80% in non-union fractures.”
Unlike typical casts, the latticed design is filled with air holes, so it does not smell or itch. The 3D prototype cast is fully aerated, incredibly light, shower-friendly, hygienic, recyclable, and, most importantly, stylish. Karasahin further stated that the Osteoid is more ecologically friendly and water resistant than standard casts, as well as thinner and lighter.
It is presently in the prototype stage, but the 3D castings will be customised for each patient in the future. A 3D body scanner is used to scan the damaged region in order to properly fit the limb. The data is then transmitted to modelling software, where the overall size and shape of the cast are determined.
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