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Ars Technica: 3D-printed splints may make life better for arthritis sufferers
2014-07-06 3:31pm -07:00T Visit Ars Technica


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If you've ever had to wear a splint on any part of your body, you'll know that not only are they uncomfortable, but they can be chunky and ugly too. That may not be the case for much longer.

A researcher from the University of Loughborough has developed a new computer software concept that will allow doctors to customize and 3D print breathable, stylish, slimline splints even if they have no experience using computer aided design software (CAD). 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."

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