3D Printed Prosthetic Legs Help Dog
There looks to be no end of uses for 3D printing, particularly in regards to giving people custom-made prosthetics that can be produced quickly and cheaply. Though it’s not just people that 3D printing is helping, but dogs too.
3D printing technology has given an abandoned dog the ability to walk and run for the first time thanks to prosthetic legs. Derby was born with deformed front legs, leaving him unable to run or walk. His previous owners left him at a dog rescue centre where he was adopted by Tara Anderson, a director at US-based 3D printing company, 3D Systems.
3D systems used a selection of technologies to scan and model a pair of prosthetic legs that were custom-made for Derby. Made using a ProJet 5500X 3D Printer, the legs are made from both rigid and flexible materials. Featuring a looped design to avoid the prosthetic legs digging into the ground, Derby is able to run just like other dogs.
“This is what 3D printing is about,” said Anderson. “To be able to help anybody; a dog, person, whoever, to have a better life, there is no better thing to be involved in.”
To see Derby and his 3D printed prosthetic legs in action, watch the video below: