5 examples of 3D printed designs of hand braces for extra support.
3D printed braces have the potential to answer the needs of medical custom-fitted rehabilitation devices. Traditional molded orthotics are limited in they way they are made, the materials and the ability to fit a wide range of forms and injuries. 3D printing can provide a much wider solution, As MHOX state: “Instead of seven sizes for 7 billion people, it’s 7 billion sizes for 7 billion people.”
The Cortex cast is an anatomically accurate hand brace designed by Evill Design (image up top). Based on the X-ray and 3D scan of the patient, the brace can be fitted to the size and shape of the patient as well as to the specific point of fracture. The brace is designed to be light, waterproof, ventilated, recyclable, hygienic, and stylish.
“Generative Orthoses” developed by MHOX and CRP Group, use Windform GT – a polyamide-based material reinforced with glass fibers, in order to create 3D printed orthotics. The results are flexible, waterproof structures, built in a honeycomb texture for ventilation.
3D Systems design 3D printed custom fitted hand braces using Bespoke Innovations scan-to-print technology. Their design offers a more comfortable and more fashionable solution to the discomfort of wearing a hand brace. The company also developed a 3D printed back brace for children with scoliosis.
Lab+ an Italian innovation studio designed 3D printed hand braces for individual customization and construction. The design, available on Thingiverse, is printed as a flat surface which you can later heat and adjust to achieve an individual fit.
EXO cast is an open and dismountable structure designed by Gintare Cer. The brace allows a more comfortable healing experience as well as shortening the healing time by starting physiotherapy immediately.
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