The Perfect Cast is 3D Printed

By on July 2nd, 2013 in Ideas, Usage


Designer Jake Evill has done something good. Something truly amazing that could change the future. He’s produced a custom-fit 3D printed exoskeleton piece that can be used as a cast for broken limbs. 
The “Cortex” cast is a sparse model that perfectly fits the exterior shape of the limb, while providing adequate support for the limb. In fact, the sparse structure is not random; it is dynamically adapted to include extra strong regions near the points of vulnerability. 
Even better, the cast solves most other issues found in common plaster or fiberglass casts: 
The Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.
The cortex cast utilizes the x-ray and 3d scan of a patient with a fracture and generates a 3d model in relation to the point of fracture.
You may consider this a novelty, but we do not. This represents the beginning of a new large industry: custom casts such as Cortex should become normal procedure in the near future. It’s personalized in shape and features, highly functional over current options and in a market that could afford the price of 3D printing. 
The perfect 3D print application.  

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!