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How a 3D Printer May Have Changed The Outcome of Super Bowl 50

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Thomas Davis is going to play the Super Bowl with a broken arm and a 3D printed brace.

This is amazing to me that they could do this:

The Panthers need stud linebacker Davis in the Super Bowl—though he’s in his 11th season, he’s having perhaps his best year yet, and is an anchor in the team’s stout defense. He wants to play, too, injuries be damned. The day after the game, a surgeon installed a 5.5-inch plate and a dozen screws in his arm. In theory, the surgery would allow him to play long before the bone healed—though it’s still supposed to set you back for six weeks, according to one expert in the field. Best case scenario, it might hurt like crazy, but he might be able to play. Or a lot of things could go wrong.  “Since the bone’s not completely healed, it’s a risk of breaking the hardware,” said Ned Amendola, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke. Davis could do something to the surgical incision. Or who knows what else?

Desperate to play, Davis and the Panthers started exploring their options. On the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 27, they called Whiteclouds, a 3-D printing outfit in Utah. “Someone knew someone who knew us,” says company CEO Jerry Ropelato, as if he’s still unsure exactly how it happened. The Panthers had two questions: Can you make Davis a brace he can wear during the game? And can you do it, like, yesterday?

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