Hyperbodies: Stranger than Fiction
Formulation of Parafiction through Constructed Narrative and Object
Advisor: Kutan Ayata
Collaborator: Jing Xu
Utilizing 3D printing, the prototype titanium alloy cast is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish. An injured patient would first undergo X-Ray and 3D scan. The limb is X-Rayed in order to identify the break and its exact position, and the arm is then 3D scanned in order to define the exact dimension of the limb. Dimensions and data are then fed into the computer. A 3D model in relation to the point of fracture is generated with best fit and optimal support. The nylon cast would be 3D printed on site. One side is open to enable access and once fitted, it snaps closed with built-in durable fasteners. The titanium alloy exoskeletal cast is very thin yet extremely strong and durable
.Corresponded to different angle of the bones on skull, each pads can function as a supporter as well as preventing further cracking. Currently, bioprinting is a very new field and so current uses are mostly experimental, with institutions attempting to print organs that will last longer and become more complex. Currently, bioprinting is being used commercially to 3D print joint replacements which are custom tailored to the patients body. This has been done to print a fully functional ear as well as a hip joint replacement. Currently such treatments are quite expensive but with further innovations the price of such procedures will continue to drop. Even now companies are offering 3D printed implants to be bought commercially. This scenario is possible right now as the technology is only three months into it’s start in that doctors, surgeons and specialist from all over the world have just begun evaluating a new 3D Printing specific material called 618 Nylon. Top surgeons and doctors from the Hague to Cambridge have already determined 618 meets or exceeds the requirements to support several possible uses inside and out of the human body.
From bone replacement to electronic sensor enclosures, hospitals and clinics can now design and print on-demand “patient specific” support components. In the past, a prosthetic designed specifically for a patient’s shape, weight and structure would require iterations of models and try-outs. With the combination of 3D scanning and on-demand 3D Printing, a patient can now leave the Dr’s office with a pliable prosthetic or orthopedic device designed specifically for their needs and body shape all printed, while they wait, on a low cost reprap style 3D printer. The newly printed and pliable parts won’t split, break or tear and some can be machine-washed and dried. All at the same cost as current 3D printing materials.
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