Where Were These When I Was Broken?: 3-D Printed Casts

July 2, 2013


These are the conceptual 3-D printed 'Cortex' casts envisioned by designer Jake Evill (not to be confused with the Jake EVIL, who wants to see us all dead). They're awesome because if you break your arm a frienemy can't draw a penis on your cast. I've had to be casted up three separate times in my life and nobody could ever just sign their f***ing name like a normal person.

Out of the printer, the cast is left hinged and unfastened, so that it can be fitted around the wearer and then snapped shut, using integrated fasteners. Even when closed, however, the limb is still open to washing - and the cast itself is waterproof - while also being slim enough that a regular shirt sleeve will fit over it.

The nylon structure would take some time to print, roughly three hours it's estimated, from the algorithmically-calculated CAD plans, but once produced would immediately be durable; that's unlike existing casts, which demand a period of up to three days to set fully solid.

I'm all for it, I hated regular casts. I'm also the kind of person who will spaz out and lose my shit because I can't take my cast off and has to be tranquilized before running out to the garage to grab a circular saw. I've had to be casted from wrist to shoulder twice. I couldn't even shower my arm -- you know what it smelled like? Low tide in a dirty gym sock. I could seriously get friends to puke by sniffing it. Nobody wanted to sit next to me at lunch. I had to itch myself with a coat hanger, then when they finally took the thing off all my arm hair had turned black and fell out. I felt like some sort of depressed zoo animal.

Hit the jump for more pics with info.





Thanks to Gese, revvy and Paulina, who don't break bones, only hearts. I'm not sure if that's better or worse.

  • a_narwhal

    that is going to leave some really weird tan lines

  • Closet Nerd

    ..... AND its next to impossible to "pound the pudd" with a classic cast on your arm
    ......just sayin

  • Derek St. Gelais

    Sweet tan lines bro. New fashion craze here we come!

  • Ramuran

    But at least it wouldn't get sweaty, itchy, and gross. I'd take the weird tan lines over the current alternative any day.

    But, as another person stated... this might not be all that great without some sort of padding.

  • Larry Symms

    seems like some padding would be a good idea. I'm sure this would get uncomfortable especially when sleeping.

  • BrandieRenae

    now if they could do a spiderweb pattern in this cast .... that would be AWESOME!

  • grimbldoo

    Just wait until you bump you arm.

  • Integrated fasteners? Can't they just 3D print that shit right on to my arm?

  • And if so... will it have a chance of fusing with my skin? And if so... could they 3-D print it UNDER my skin and fuse it to the bone? And if so... anyone got any liquid adamantium they aren't using?

  • Quil

    I feel like we went down a strange path in the description. I've got a hug with GW's name on it.

  • Agreed. A little dark.

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