Friday, December 26, 2014

Derby the dog is the first animal to run on 3D printed legs

Derby is a charming dog bursting with love and energy. Unfortunately, he was born with deformed and disabled front legs. He didn't let that stop him - he tried to get around anyway - but he couldn't walk and run like other dogs.

Derby's foster family got him a wheelchair, and he learned to use it quickly. The family felt that with today's technology there might be an even better option that would give Derby a chance to run.

He is now the first animal with 3D printed prosthetics. 3D printers have been used to create prosthetics for humans in the past, but this is the first time the technology is used to create prosthetics for a pet. There are different challenges when working with animals, and a lot of time went into designing the prosthetics to make them safe and useful.

Derby's taking to his new legs so quickly, and being able to run with them, means a huge step forward for animal prosthetics.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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