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After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century. The Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish. The cortex cast utilizes the x-ray and 3d scan of a patient with a fracture and generates a 3d model in relation to the point of fracture. All content and images are the copyright and property of Jake Evill and Cortex Cast systems

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These Reinvented Running Blades Could Let More Paralympians Into The Olympics When amputee athletes put on their running blades, they suddenly appear superhuman, with gleaming carbon fiber replacing the sub-par human legs most of us possess. Before double-amputee Oscar Pistorius made a name for himself as an alleged murderer, there was even a lengthy debate over whether his blades gave him an unfair advantage when he competed in the 2012 summer Olympics--that is, whether his carbon fiber limbs gave him an advantage over athletes competing with natural legs and feet. But even with the debate over Pistorius's advantages, the public dialogue missed one crucial point: running blade technology still has a lot of problems. It's not, in fact, better than human legs.

3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : Shots - Health News Hide caption One version of the Robohand includes 3-D printed parts assembled with metal hardware. New parts can be easily "printed" as the child grows. Courtesy of Makerbot Hide caption Ivan Owen, a special effects artist in Bellingham, Wash., creates large mechanical hands. He is also one of the creators of the Robohand. Cindy Carpien/NPR Hide caption Richard Van As, a South African carpenter who lost a portion of his hand in an accident, assembles a Robohand and fits it to Liam Dippenaar.

Why Driverless Cars Will Propel 3D Printed Organs 3D printed organs, otherwise known as bioprinted organs, are one of the most talked about innovations of 3D printing. Companies like Organovo and universities around the world are investing millions into researching how to create fully functional 3D printed organs. There have already been semi-successful attempts, with doctors managing to print miniature livers and simulate functional blood vessel networks necessary to keep organs ‘breathing.’ Unfortunately, no attempt has come close to being fully functional, safe, and implant-ready. That is the general direction researchers are heading in but so far it seems there’s a long way to go. MakerBot founder Bre Pettis, known for his noteworthy comments and suggestions, believes there’s a crucial link in the chain that could spur the development of fully-functional, human-ready 3D printed organs.

3D printed meat could soon be cheap and tasty enough to win you over The next time you’re about to bite into a hamburger, take a moment to consider the resources that went into making it. In a recent Solve for X talk, Andras Forgacs laid out all the statistics, and explained how tantalizingly close we are to a more sustainable method of meat production. Basically, humanity may soon be 3D printing meat instead of growing it in an animal. Forgacs starts by explaining just how costly a single quarter-pound beef patty is to produce. For that one serving, 6.7lbs of grains, 600 gallons of water, and 75 square feet of grazing land were used.

Artificial blood that’s better than the real thing Each week on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world. This week, scientist Gillian Leak, a forensic expert on crime scenes, proposes her idea for man-made blood with many uses. “My suggestion is the development of an artificial blood that can be used in a variety of ways.

Company develops new fiber-reinforced wood, concrete ink for 3D printing Even though 3D printing is an emerging market and technology, aside from Defense Distributed’s gun, it seems like it has hit a plateau. You can make little or somewhat-bigger-than-little figurines, teacups and mugs that often have leaks, or fragile parts — such as gears — that you can include in a working item, but might quickly wear down. One of the things holding 3D printing back is the material used to print objects. Navy's Exoskeleton Could Make Workers 20 Times More Productive Lockheed Martin created the FORTIS exoskeleton, which can boost worker productivity up to 27 times. Lockheed Martin The Navy recently bought two of the exoskeletons, which will be tested over the next six months. The exoskeleton transfers the weight of heavy machinery (like grinders) from the workers' arms down through the skeleton and to the floor.

NASA develops 3D printing factory in space News: NASA is developing an orbiting factory that will use 3D printing and robots to fabricate giant structures such as antennas and solar arrays of up to a kilometre in length, as part of its ongoing search for extra-terrestrial life. The US space agency this week announced it was awarding technology firm Tethers Unlimited Inc (TUI) a $500,000 contract to develop the facility. The NASA funding - a second-phase contract that follows an initial contract issued earlier this year - will allow TUI to continue work on its SpiderFab technology, which allows large-scale spacecraft components to be built in space, avoiding the expense of building the components on earth and transporting them into space using rockets. “On-orbit fabrication allows the material for these critical components to be launched in a very compact and durable form, such as spools of fiber or blocks of polymer, so they can fit into a smaller, less expensive launch vehicle.” Said TUI CEO and chief scientist Dr Rob Hoyt.