Nikita Kruglov, a student in Moscow’s School No. 185, used a 3D-printer to print a brace for bone fractures that accelerates their healing, 3DToday reported.
Like a usual plaster splint, Kruglov's securely locks the arm, but it's more comfortable and hygienic due to air vents.
Each brace is made according to patient measurements. First, a three-dimensional virtual model of a patient's limb is created, and then a splint is printed.
The two halves of the prosthesis are connected with plastic ties. There is a built-in ultrasonic pulse device that accelerates the recovery rate of bone tissue.
According to the results from the first clinical trials, the splint reduced recovery time by about a third.