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You Can Get a 3-D-Printed Cast for a Broken Bone

3d.castx1000Every year, some six million people in the United States break a bone, and many of these injuries are cloaked with a heavy sheath of fiberglass or plaster while they heal—a treatment that’s been the same for generations.

But casts are finally getting a modern spin. 3-D-printed casts boast an open-lattice plastic design that’s customized to the individual patient. They’re waterproof, they’re more comfortable, and they may even help the bones heal faster. The casts are part of a larger movement toward personalized 3-D-printed medical devices.

By Catherine Caruso | MIT Technology Review

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