3D Printed Splint Aids Healing
3D printing has some extraordinary new and revolutionary medical potential that has helped to save people’s lives. But, not all printed technology in the medical field needs to be revolutionary to make people’s lives easier. 3D MedScan, a Pueblo, Colorado based company, has developed a new 3D printed medial device called AmphibianSkin. The new device is a custom-made exoskeleton support device or splint.
3D printed casts and splints aren’t a new technology and Osteoid Cast and Cortex Cast have already been introduced to the market. However, AmphibianSkin splint is unique in many ways and it isn’t as bulky or heavy as traditional casts or other 3D printed alternatives. The cast’s pattern design is lightweight and breathable, but still provides the necessary support that resists everyday use. The new medical device is excellent for playing sport, cleaning, gardening, and doing dishes. Normally a person using a traditional split can’t do these things easily.
The new AmphibianSkin uses a patent-pending removable clip and was designed to be breathable and radiolucent. The new split is water-resistant and can easily be cleaned for better hygiene and care. Therefore, the new split has now eliminated the time-consuming process of casting and recasting, infections, and numerous doctors’ appointments. The new device easily adapts to both wet and dry uses and is patterned to be breathable, strong, and comfortable. Furthermore, each device is custom-designed for the patient and is unique to 3DMedScan. The company is using a special proprietary combination of hardware, software, and workflows to design their slings.
The company creates their splint using a 3D body scanner that emits safe white light reflections that can generate the 3D images. The scanner lights reflect the skin, which allows the software to create an accurate image up to a millimeter. Afterwards, they use 3D CAD software that creates the fitting design. The finished design is printed on Airwolf HD 3D printers which are industrial strength, high quality, and use FDM technology. The Airwolf 3D printer made by a California-based company Airwolf can print a surface design up to 12 x 8 x 12 inches. The new splits are made from ABS material that is more suitable for long-term exposure to the skin and other elements.
The new innovative splits are available for order and the company has already sold many splints to carpal-tunnel patients. The new splints are excellent for the elderly who have a broken bone and are in a cast. The elderly already have limited mobility and the new split makes it easy to take a bath or shower and be kept clean and sanitary. The new AmphibianSkin splints are more affordable than others on the market today.
Image from: amphibanskin.com
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