Developing Compression Masks Using Geomagic Wrap

Burn survivors often suffer extremely horrendous physical and emotional scarring immediately after a fire, and in some cases for the rest of their lives. CimMed and 3D Systems worked to make those debilitating scars a thing of the past. Steve Kidd, President of CimMed (www.cimmed.com) spoke about using 3D Systems' Geomagic Wrap software for creating Compression Masks to help burn survivors heal faster and with less severe scarring.

Burn Victim
Figure 1: Burn victims need special care using 3D technologies from 3D Systems

Compression Masks fit closely to a patient’s burned face to help limit scar tissue growth and to keep moisture and medication on the wound. It is critical to get the perfect fit for optimal healing. Historically, the fitting process has been painful and time consuming at a critical time in the patient’s trauma treatment; as burn care providers are performing triage, hydrating the patient, etc. The old method involved taking an impression of the patient’s face using the same material a dentist uses on teeth. This required anesthetizing the patient, and it took approximately 10 hours of OR staff and technician time.

Figure 2: A Compression Mask
Figure 2: A Compression Mask created using 3D scanning and Geomahgic scan software

CimMed has developed a process that obtains the required data to create a Compression Mask quickly without touching the patient and risking further trauma and infection. CimMed trains nursing staff to operate the Handyscan to scan a burn patient, then uses Geomagic Wrap to create a useable dataset from which a mold is machined. A bio-compatible material is molded into the shape of the patient’s face and delivered to the hospital. Outcomes have improved as the Compression Mask’s tight fit supports a faster recovery by encouraging thinner scar tissue that resembles the patient’s original skin, while the medication inhibits infection and keeps the new tissue moist and pliable. This healthy partnership between CimMed and Geomagic Wrap facilitates the burn survivor’s quick recovery, both inside and out.

Figure 3: The process of Compression Mask making
Figure 3: The process of manufacturing the custom Compression Mask