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3D Printed Lightweight Cast Speeds Up The Healing Process

3D Printed Lightweight Cast Speeds Up The Healing Process

The Osteoid is designed with an attachable ultrasound system to help bone heal faster.

Leah Gonzalez

Designed by industrial designer Deniz Karasahin, Osteoid is a custom-fitted 3D-printed medical cast with an attachable low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) bone stimulator system that helps speed up the bone healing process.

Karasahin based the main concept for Osteoid on research studies on the effects of non-invasive, low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. Studies say using the system every day for 20-minute sessions help increase the healing rate by up to 80% and reduce the healing process by up to 38% in non-union fractures.

Unlike standard medical casts, the Osteoid medical cast is designed with ventilation holes to allow for the LIPUS bone stimulator probes to be attached directly to the skin as required.

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The Osteoid cast is designed not only to be stable and functional, but also comfortable for the wearer. It is made of a material that is lightweight, waterproof, and environment-friendly.

The design is still a concept, but it won a 2014 A’Design Award in the 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category.

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Deniz Karasahin // A’Design Award
[h/t] Gizmodo

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