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New 3D Printed Cast Can Heal Broken Bones And So Much More

Paige Anne Carter



There are many applications of 3D printing in the medical industry. As a matter of fact, experts in 3D printing made innovations for the different applications of 3D printing. One such innovation is the new 3D printed cast that can heal broken bones and also double as a Bluetooth speaker.


This cast is called BoomCast which is embedded with electronics and sensors so that it can be used as a Bluetooth speaker. Moreover, the electronics also allow doctors to monitor the condition of their patients wherever they may be.


This smart medical cast was invented by Mike North. As a frequent traveler, it made it difficult for him to travel with conventional casts . He used 3D printing technology to create the BoomCast to allow him to travel as well as bear weight on the affected foot.


BoomCast is equipped with stamp-sized processors which gives this highly modern cast good computational prowess. This cast also include an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and several pressure sensors.


This medical device can measure leg movements as well as the amount of swelling in the affected leg. The data collected from the sensors is transmitted to Google’s Firebase in real time and is then shared to the doctor of the patient for monitoring.


Unfortunately, this product will not be made available to consumers any time soon. However, the developers made this project open source so that it can be made by people who have their own consumer-type 3D printers at home. Since it is an open-source project, other people can also contribute to the improvement of such product in the future.


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