I struggle to justify the outlay of $$ for a 3D printer... What am I going to use it for?
It's really cool, and I want one... but what would I print that would justify the cost?
I now have a reason... My dog broke her leg. (Awwww)
|Gigi in a cast.
- Dont get it wet... so you cant bathe or go outside if it's raining (or in this case, pee on it).
- It smells... your limb is encapsulated for the duration, typically 6 weeks. and it doesn't get any fresh air.
- It doesn't get any smaller...although your limb will atrophy so you'll need to replace the cast.
- You cant take it off (easily) to check any wounds or scratch an itch.
I'm no stranger to casts, had a few myself and I expect I will need more in the future (I typically go 7 years between incidents requiring a cast).
So being able to print myself a cast at will could save myself a fortune!
I know when I've broken a bone, I knew when Gigi slipped and fell while jumping into the back of my car that she broke her leg, the distinct "pop" also gave it away.
I could have used computational design tools to assist me in designing an appropriate cast specific to her needs, using my phone to 3D scan her leg and applied a hinged removable cast to her broken leg.
Now, all I have to do is justify the purchase to my wife... ;-)