New Cast21 Sleeves Are Waterproof and Itch Free

What's the worst part about a broken arm? The insatiably itchy cast. You go on a run with your dog one evening when he spots a squirrel, twists you over his leash, and sends you flying into weeks of scratching your fiberglass-encased arm with a no. 2 pencil.

Three University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students plan to break this mold, literally, with the Cast21 sleeve. The new rigid, waterproof and lightweight sleeve is made from silicone. The mathematical design allows for each sleeve to be hollow, exposing a greater amount of skin. The sleeves come in a variety of colors and will be sold for approximately the same price as current casts. The Cast21 team is hoping to achieve an ambitious mid-2017 launch goal. Watch an interview with Cast21 CTO, Jason Troutner, and learn more about the technology of healing broken bones, below.

Illinois Students Revolutionize Medical Cast Technology

Cast 21 CTO, Jason Troutner, explains his team's "waterproof, exoskeleton casts" and dives into the process of co-founding a startup within UI Urbana-Champaign's iVenture Accelerator.

3D Printed Casts Might Be The Future for Broken Bones

There's an app for your broken wrist. Seriously. Dive into the future of medical cast technology with FATHOM, a 3-D printing company with an app for personalized casts.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. They start with a scan of the arm to create a surface for the cast to fit to. 00:55

  2. The cast is denser in the area where the bone is broken to provide added support. 01:19

  3. Using their app, you can have people write you text that will be integrated into the cast. 01:33

Oklahama State Students Get To Know STEM

Students and educators ask Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford questions about the STEM field and space exploration while he's aboard the International Space Station.

Written by Curiosity Staff October 31, 2016

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