3D-Printed Cast

3D-Printed CastCasts suck. They’re itchy, smelly and ugly, but an essential step in healing a bone. Jake Evill, a recent media design graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington, wants to change that with a 3D printed arm cast that is downright beautiful. Unlike traditional plaster and fiberglass casts, this one is made of nylon, which means it is lightweight, waterproof and recyclable. It is also thin enough to fit under sleeves and covered in holes that allow airflow and fingers in for scratching. Evill developed the cast for a class at his university, inspired by a personal experience. “I had broken my hand that weekend and was very annoyed with the cast I had on, as it was the first time I had a cast,” Evill said in an interview Friday. He made the early versions on university desktop 3D printers. He said it was particularly challenging to find the right wall thickness, as it needed to be as thin as possible with optimal strength.

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