Derby was born with malformed front legs that prevented him from doing all the things most dogs can do – run, chase, and fetch. With the help of prosthetic legs, Derby was finally able to run. In fact, he now, runs 2-3 miles per day, often times leaving his owners in the dust!
The prosthetic legs that gave Derby the ability to run were made using 3D printing, which uses additive processes to add layer upon layer of material under computer control. Using a 3D model, basically any shape can be created. (1)
In recent years, 3D printing has been used in the medical field in order to print patient specific devices. This incredible technology has also been used to make prosthetics for animals – just like Derby. For example, in 2013, a 3D printed foot allowed a crippled duckling walk again. (1)
It appears that 3D printing may significantly change the lives of people missing limbs or with deformities. This is SO cool!
About: This video was originally seen on 3D Systems YouTube channel. Check out this channel to see other things being created using this awesome technology!
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