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3D Printed Exoskeletons Could Replace Plaster Casts

Cortex is a 3D printed exoskeletal cast designed to be fit around the wearer and snapped shut with fasteners.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on July 2, 2013.

Cortex is a 3D printed exoskeletal cast concept designed to replace traditional plaster casts. Designed by Jake Evill, it is more wearer-friendly for patients who suffer from breaks and fractures.

3D Printed Exoskeletons Could Replace Plaster Casts

The Cortex cast utilizes an x-ray and 3D scan of a patient and generates a personalized 3D model in relation to the point of injury. Once printed, the cast is ready to fit, with one side open to enable access and built-in durable fasteners that snap closed.

After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century. 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.

3D Printed Exoskeletons Could Replace Plaster Casts

The Cortex cast is thin yet extremely strong and durable, ventilated and washable. It is also more discreet and can be worn with a shirt and jacket over it.

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