Jake Evill’s Cortex: Exoskeleton Protecting the Internal Skeleton
Cortex is a project that aims to replace casts, and get rid of all the sweaty, uncomfortable experiences that go along with them. As Jake Evill describes the issues behind this work,
"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 extremely cool!"
It’s so great when design solves the problems of everyday life. In his analysis of the cast and its impact, Evill goes through all the pros and cons of casts (both plaster and fiberglass). Basically, casts suck. They’re heavy, uncomfortable, get in the way of having showers, bad for the environment, and they sometimes even smell. Ew! On the plus side, plaster is low cost, low tech, and easily moldable. Fiberglass is light and strong. But it’s not one or the other, cheap or great, Evill has come up with a way to capture everything needed in a cast. This type of innovative thinking, of capturing it all, is getting me more and more excited about the possibilities of 3D printers. To check out Evill’s portfolio, click here.
- Lee Jones
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