Osteoid is a 3D-printed medical cast prototype by designer Deniz Karasahin that uses ventilation holes to provide access for use of a low-intensity pulsed ultrasound system in order help heal fractured bones up to 38% faster. The design won Karasahin a Golden A’ Design Award in the 3D Printed Forms and Products category.
The goal of this project is to improve the overall healing experience for broken or fractured limbs by focusing on the patient’s comfort and the amount of time needed for the body to heal itself. Comfort; creating a stable and protective environment. Conventional medical casts sacrifice ventilation for structural integrity. As a result they are itchy, they smell very bad and due to plaster’s material properties they are bulky, heavy and they limit patient’s exposure to water. Osteoid medical cast offers a new way of tackling these problems by introducing new technologies which enables us to make custom fitted, durable 3d printed medical casts that doesn’t itch or smell.
images via A’ Design Award & Competition