A researcher from the [b]University of Loughborough[/b] has developed a new computer software concept that will allow doctors to customise and 3D print breathable, stylish, slim line splints even if they have no experience using computer-aided design software (CAD). According to a [s]Wired[/s] report, the aim of the software is to allow those with no real knowledge of design to create wrist splints for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
‘I wanted to give clinicians the ability to make splints they have not been able to make before,’ said Abby Paterson, the PhD student who created the software. ‘They can improve the aesthetics, the fit, and integrate extra bits of functionality they couldn't do before.’ The software is still currently in the prototype phase and Paterson believes it will take around 18 months before it is completely ready.
[link url=http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/02/3d-printed-arthritis-splints]Full Wired report[/link]
[link url=http://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2014/june/129-wrist-splints.html]University of Loughborough press release[/link]