3D Printing Wrist Splints for Arthritis Sufferers
Software Makes it Easy to Design & 3D Print Wrist Splints for Arthritis Sufferers
Arthritis and Wrist Splints
A combination of software and 3D printing is spelling relief for arthritis sufferers. Many arthritis patients are forced to use ugly, bulky wrist splints that make their arms sweat with had no way around it, until now. Thanks to Dr Abby Paterson, a Loughborough University lecturer, a new, more attractive, comfortable, and affordable wrist splint can be offered to suffering arthritis patients.
Using the newly developed computer software that enables clinicians to design custom-made wrist splints tailored to an individuals particular shape, and with the help of a 3D printer, a patient can have a brand new splint that provides joint protection, rest, and promotes pain relief. The splints are made by simply scanning a patient’s arm in the appropriate position. A 3D model splint is then designed based on the scan to generate a computer model.
The Stratasys Objet Connex 3D printer, can then produce as many splints as are needed, in any color, with or without a lattice design to aid ventilation, with any type of fastening, and with multiple materials in a single splint, such as rubber-like integral hinges or cushioning features. The software is designed to enable clinicians with no experience in 3D modeling to design and make custom-made 3D printed wrist splints so that any patient can receive one.
These innovative wrist splints can improve the aesthetics, the fit, and integrate extra bits of functionality they couldn’t do before which will result in a major boost for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.