f you have ever had a cast on an arm or a leg, then you will know how uncomfortable, clumsy and inconvenient it can be. That is why the NovaCast was created by the Mexican company Mediprint. It is a 3D printed model, tailored to each patient as needed, and which addresses many of the limitations of traditional plaster casts.
Reminiscent of the Cortex concept of Jake Evill, the NovaCast takes the form of an open plastic frame instead of a closed plaster (fiberglass) shell.
This allows you to keep the broken bones in place, while allowing the injured appendix to “breathe”. In addition, unlike the case with plaster, its plastic construction does not absorb sweat or other fluids. As a result, ulcers and skin infections are less likely to occur, and itching may be easier to scratch.
It is also said to weigh a tenth more than a plaster mold, it can be temporarily removed, it is invisible to X-rays and it can get wet while bathing. Although hospitals that use the technology will require one or more 3D printers, a 3D scanner is not necessary, but users simply enter a variety of key measurements of the patient’s arm or leg.
This 3D printed splint promises to replace conventional plaster Humanlife
Currently it takes an average of three and a half hours to print a single NovaCast, although developers expect to reduce that figure to one hour before launching the system commercially. Ultimately, the technology could save doctors time, since they could leave the printer to create the model while paying attention to other patients, instead of having to build a plaster cast themselves.