Most people fall into one of two categories. Those of us who have fragile bones that seem to break every time we have a small accident and those of us who seem to have bones of steel and bounce back from every nasty misfortune.

However, as some of us know, breaking an arm or a leg is a horrible experience. Because of the constant pain, as well as the discomfort of having to wear a plaster cast.

A group of engineers based in Chicago decided to make the lives of people who break their arms a bit easier and came up with a new design for a cast. It’s even waterproof, so no more having to shower with a trash bag over your cast! Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with representatives of the Cast21 company that makes the new type of cast.

We know breaking your bones can be difficult, so after you read this post, check out our previous articles about a hamster with a tiny cast for its broken arm, creative cast art, as well as a person who made his cast look like Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.

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Engineers from Chicago came up with a new type of arm cast

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Image credits: cast21official

A Chicago startup called Cast21 looked into the problems of plaster casts and tackled them head-on. Jason Troutner, biomedical design engineer Ashley Moy, and electrical engineer Justin Brooks, all from the University of Illinois, came up with a breathable, more hygienic, waterproof cast that can be fitted in around 10 minutes, using liquid resin that hardens and sets the bone in place.

Bored Panda talked to representatives of Cast21 to learn more about the product. One of the people representing the company had this to say: “One of the greatest challenges, and also greatest thrills, we face during our design and engineering process is developing something completely new that no one has ever seen or worked with before. It’s an interesting balance of fun and frustrating that isn’t for everyone, but we love it.”

The cast is waterproof and more hygienic

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Image credits: cast21official

“In my opinion, with a traditional cast or brace, the worst part of breaking an arm would be the smell after weeks of treatment. How embarrassing! Otherwise, I would imagine the pain from the break itself would be the biggest downside of breaking an arm,” they said.

The company rep also revealed that Cast 21 plant on “expanding into more territories and developing different product lines to help even more doctors and patients.”

“The doctors and patients we work with are amazing. Our clinician partners are so dedicated to providing their patients with the best care possible, and their dedication shows in the smiles of their grateful patients. It’s an incredibly motivating experience, and we are so humbled to be apart of it.”

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The cast can be set in around 10 minutes and is easier to remove than a plaster cast

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The only time I broke something [knocks on wood] was my left wrist, right before my summer exams at school. So I had to sit in a hot room while it’s boiling outside, writing essay after essay for hours on end while my hand constantly reminded me that, yup, it’s still broken. Trust me, it wasn’t fun.

“We have this radical notion that you can enjoy your healing experience. You don’t need to be restrained from daily activities,” Cast21’s vice president of engineering Veronica Hogg explained to the Daily Mail. According to her, their cast is designed to be removed easier than usual as well and doesn’t need a circular saw.

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Image credits: cast21official