Chicago Engineers Design A Breathable Waterproof Cast

Andrew Parker
Feb 09, 2020

Apparently, there are lots of people out there who’ve never broken a bone in their lives. But those among us who are less bone-resilient know that the struggle is real. From tying on plastic bags before a shower to trying to scratch an itch (spoiler alert: it’s impossible), wearing a cast is just plain annoying, not to mention inconvenient. Thankfully, one Chicago-based startup has decided to step in and change things for the better.

Cast 21, as their name states, is a company devoted to improving the cast as we know it. They have already developed a new, modern design, and it’s making the process of healing a whole lot better. Their breathable casts are made of liquid resin which hardens and sets the bone in place. The casts are even waterproof, which means no more plastic bags in the shower!

The design is much more lightweight than the outdated model. Without the chunky added weight of a normal cast, it’s not a problem to do everyday things like typing or even just eating a cheeseburger. And luckily, this new patent doesn’t only benefit humans. The company has created a miniature version of the cast for all our furry friends with broken paws so that no man – or should we say dog – is left behind.

Breaking a bone can be incredibly painful, and the experience of healing is pretty uncomfortable no matter what. But thankfully, these engineers are doing what they can to make the situation slightly less awful, and for that, we are very grateful.