Cool new next-gen lightweight, waterproof cast. Is this what’s next?


Enjoy this Medgadget interview with #Cast21 and Ashley Moy

Anyone who has been in an orthopedic cast knows their inconveniences. They are cumbersome, must be kept dry, which makes bathing difficult, and can cause the skin underneath to become itchy, smelly, and irritated.

Cast21 has designed a cast that solves those problems. The Chicago-based company uses a lattice frame that provides more breathability, while the material itself is waterproof and performs better in a few key metrics when compared to traditional fiberglass casts. The company’s cast takes about three minutes to set and can last for the duration of the casting.

The concept started as an undergraduate engineering project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since its founding in 2016, the company has generated enthusiasm from physicians, found clinical and manufacturing partners, and developed a design that they hope will change the way casts are done.

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