3D printers are doing some amazing things. They are saving lives and making all kinds of medical gadgets. What if 3D printed medical gadgets could help speed up your healing process? That would be something we can all get behind. Well now it seems like it can. This prototype cast acts as a regular cast and also uses ultrasonic vibrations that will help speed up the bone healing time. This is truly amazing.
This design comes from Turkish student, Denis Karasahin, who won the 2014 Golden A’Design Award for the idea. The concept has been around for a while, but one of the problems with ultrasonic vibrations is that it requires the leads to be placed directly on the skin above the part of the bone that needs healing. Well, plaster casts make this impossible, or at least very difficult, but a 3D printed cast can have openings where the leads can be placed onto the skin. And that makes all the difference.
It is in the prototype stage right now, but this idea will surely catch on quickly. Say goodbye to those old time casts from yesteryear. They will soon be history.