If you've ever broken a bone, you know that the worst part is the cast. It's heavy, itchy and you definitely don't want to get it wet. Plus, you have to lug it around for weeks or even months.
Designer Jake Evill came up with a better solution: the Cortex Exoskeletal cast.
The way it works, a 3-D scan is taken of the affected limb. Then the Cortex is printed to fit the limb exactly. 3-D printing allows the cast to be mesh-like structure instead of a solid piece like a traditional plaster cast.
Because it's well-ventilated and made from sturdy plastic, it's light, doesn't itch and you can get it wet with no problem. You can even wear it under a long-sleeve shirt or jacket.
Another similar cast, the Osteoid from industrial designer Deniz Karasahin, just won the A' Design Award. So expect to see these in your hospital soon.