How are 3D Printed Casts Made?

Jul 18, 2019 | 3D Printing

If you’ve ever broken a bone, then you know just how annoying wearing a traditional plaster cast can be. They’re heavy, uncomfortable, itchy and not particularly hygienic. But not to worry, as that’s about to change with 3D printing technology! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits a 3D printed cast, then this is the guide for you.

How are 3D Casts Made?

With the advancements of 3D printing over the years, creating a functional 3D printed cast is a simple and painless process. All that’s needed is a 3D scan of your injured arm or leg, which is easy enough for experts to do. Various software programs are available to create the cast, using just a few clicks that will fit the 3D scan to the casting model perfectly. You’re also able to personalize the design using the software, allowing for a comfortable and lightweight cast experience. 3D printing allows for a fun and functional cast that looks good and works effectively to reset your broken bones.

The Pros and Cons of Plaster Casts

Using plaster to set a broken limb is the traditional route for resetting the bone, but it’s also an outdated method. While plaster casts are a cost-effective option that carries a low risk of allergic reaction for the wearer, it’s incredibly uncomfortable and allows for movement within the cast. The material also makes it difficult to measure the rate that the limb is healing.

What are the Benefits?

3D printing allows for the ultimate personalization when it comes to manufacturing a cast for your specific needs. It’s capable of matching the printed product exactly to your body part, be it your arm, hand, hip or leg. The comfort level of a 3D printed cast is incomparable to anything else, as it’s structured in a way that optimizes support for the most vulnerable of areas and situations.

Due to the plaster material, traditional casts aren’t able to let air through, nor can you get them wet without first covering the area. On the other hand, what makes 3D casts so lightweight is the lack of material covering the injured limb. The vast amount of open space provides your limb to breath openly 24/7, and the plastic material is waterproof, making showering a breeze.

What about taking off your printed cast? Traditional plaster casts are difficult to remove, requiring scissors that can end up turning into a painful experience. 3D printed casts are crafted with clips that make post-recovery removal easy.

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