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3D Printed Splints & Braces: Just As Effective & Comfortable, Cheaper & Faster to Make

3D Printed Splints & Braces: Just As Effective & Comfortable, Cheaper & Faster to Make

Written by David

March 8, 2019

University of Nebraska researcher James Pierce has delved further into the potential for 3D printed assistive devices in ‘ Efficacy of Assistive Devices Produced with Additive Manufacturing .’ He begins by stating that it is surprising there have not been more previous ventures into the use of devices like 3D printed splints and casts, despite the obvious need—and an enormous amount of injuries each year resulting in sprains and breaks. Traditional wrist splint used for functional comparison. The goal is to eliminate older, conventional methods that may promote healing but take more time in production, are expensive, and often result in uncomfortable, poorly-fitted devices. If you have endured wearing a splint or a cast or watched someone else try to deal with wearing one, then chances are you are nodding your head right now and getting pretty interested in hearing what 3D printing can do differently for orthopedic patients. […]

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