Those who are unfortunate enough to fracture a limb but fortunate enough to do so after the advent of the 3d Printing technology can rejoice. Jake Evill, an Architecture and Design school at Victoria University of Wellington alum and Shapeways user, devised an ingenious alternative to the classic plaster of paris cast, one day effectively making the smelly, cumbersome monolithic a thing of the past.
“Cortex” differs from traditional orthopedic braces by first 3D Scanning the broken limb, reconstructing it into a 3D model, and algorithmically flowing a biomorhpic lattice support structure onto the surface. The digital file is then send to a 3D printer. The product is a robust and stylish custom cast made from sintered Nylon. Parts are snapped together to create a snug, perfect fit, and the open, ventilated membrane allows the wearer to scratch a bothersome itch or run the structure underwater without fear of turning your cast into bacterial playground….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!