Reinventing the Eames’ Splint

(For Professor Marcelo Spina, Harvard GSD)
 

>> The SPLAST is both a splint and a cast. At less than one pound, the SPLAST benefits from the strength and light weight of monocoque structures. Specifically, the Charles and Ray Eames splint (developed for the U.S. Navy in 1947) served as a source of inspiration. I asked, “What would Charles and Ray create today given the capabilities of space age materials and digital fabrication technologies?” Laser-scanning provided a custom-fit carbon-kevlar shell, lined with aluminized fiberglass (for electro-stimulation) to create a light-weight and hygienic solution intended to foster rapid, comfortable healing. See video here.

Permanent collection, Harvard Graduate School of Design Material Library.