3D-printed material with ultrasound to heal broken bones faster




Scientists and designers have developed a mold which is provided with a system that transmits ultrasound. It was developed with a 3D printer and should become an alternative to gypsum in healing fractures.

The concept was initially developed by scientists at the Victoria University of Wellington. A modified version, which includes a system to send out ultrasound was created by designer Kara Deniz Sahin, so says the A ‘Design Award website where the concept was submitted. The developed mold can be worn around the arm in the case of a bone fracture and is substantially lighter than gypsum, according to the maker.

A second advantage of the system, which Osteoid is called, is that the ultrasonic sound can be broadcast. This is a so-called low-intensity pulsed ultrasound system built. The aim is to promote bone healing; This would be up to 80 percent can go with conventional gypsum faster.

The Osteoid can be printed in different colors. For each patient, a 3D scan of the arm made to be able to determine. The required shape of the material For now it is a concept which is still unclear if and when this can be. Marketed

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