In case you missed it, last month's Super Bowl 50 marked the first time an NFL player wore a 3-D printed medical device at the game.
|Thomas Davis tried out the 3D-printed brace during practice. (Image courtesy Carolina Panthers.)|
The Carolina Panthers may have fallen to the Denver Bronco's in last month's Super Bowl 50. But Panthers Thomas Davis was still connected to a "first": the first time a football player has worn a 3-D printed medical device during a football game.
Qmed's sister UBM media outlet Plastics Today explains how a Davis' right forearm, broken in the NFC championship game, was held together a metal plate held together with 12 screws. If Davis was to play, he needed something to shield his arm from the 1600-lb impact force of a tackle.
The solution came from Whiteclouds, a 3D-printing lab headquartered in Ogden, UT. Whiteclouds scanned Davis' arm, using its XRD technology to design a 3D-printed shock-absorbing brace made out of a blend of plastic and rubber-like materials.
Learn more about medical device design at BIOMEDevice Boston, April 13-14, 2016.
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