Here’s a place where wearables, 3D printing, and medtech all intersect. The Turkish designer Denis Karasahin has created a lattice-work cast for broken arms and legs that incorporates ultrasound technology. The casts are unique to each patient; the specs are taken by 3D scanning of the affected limb, the cast is printed from the scan, and the ultrasound equipment is attached.
Because the fit is unique, the bones are held closely in place. The plastic lets patients shower, and the lattice design allows for air circulation and less smell. And there’s medical evidence that ultrasound treatments help broken bones heal faster.