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Man invents 3D printed cast for his mother

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-01-30 12:11

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“The project started when my mom had an accident at work and broke her left hand. They put her plaster cast wrong, and they had to fracture her hand again surgically to place it right. However, they again placed the splint wrong; and then they diagnosed her with 50 percent disability in that hand,” he explained.

So he wanted to build a product that could be lighter, removable, customized, cheaper and more hygienic and visual appealing than the traditional cast.

Zaid, who has a background in Mechanical Engineering, assembled a team of engineering, management, entrepreneurship, business, programming, 3D modeling experts, and invented NovaCast, which is already patented. Later on he co-founded a company to develop and commercialize the product – MediPrint.

The device can be 3D printed in about three or four hours, depending on the size of the limb. “We are currently doing research and development to reduce that time to one hour. The next steps are bringing this technology to hospitals and increase the number of 3D printers. We are getting advice from several specialists provide medical backing, and we are also still constantly searching for new solutions to the problems that people face every day when they require a medical device”, the inventor affirmed.

NovaCast was already tested on patients. “We did a 3D scan of the lady and create a medical device that is perfectly adjusted to the shape of her body. It was reinforced with carbon fiber, which made it lighter and more resilient. The doctor approved it and the next day after placement, the patient was walking again,” he stated.

More info: http://mediprint3d.com.mx

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2kLay4Q

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About the author

Zaid Badwan, born in Mexico, developed NovaCast, in 2016, a 3D printing product to replace plaster casts in immobilizing limbs. Zaid was inspired by his mother, who had an accident and broke her hand.

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