Helping animals with the power of 3d printing
They say, you can sell everything with children, and puppies, or at least, with some kind of cute animal. We’ll be going with the latter in this post by showing a few, heartwarming example, where 3d printing has helped animals in need.
For example in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, online RC trucks are patrolling among the baby desert tortoises carrying fake, 3d printed tortoise shells, to lure hungry ravens away from the real ones, and then giving the birds an unpleasant experience. Don’t worry, they don’t do any harm, they use non-toxic repellent sprays to make the ravens remember, that baby tortoises are better left alone.
Another shelled friend has been helped out with a new high-tech, 3d printed jaw. After an unfortunate encounter with a propeller, this poor turtle’s jaw has been badly damaged, almost killing the animal too, but luckily he’s been found and brought to the Dalyan Iztuzu Pamukkale University in Turkey, where they could save him, by giving him a 3d printed, metallic jaw – and a totally badass look!
Dogs are man’s best friends, therefore, we’ll do everything for them. Like giving them new paws, when they miss their own. Derby the dog was born with underdeveloped front legs, making him unable for moving around. Thankfully, Tara Anderson from 3D Systems has designed a pair of prosthetic legs for him and now he can run happily on the side of his adopters.
TurboRoo the tiny chihuahua, born completely without front legs, was also lucky enough to get some wheels on his 3d printed cart, to roll around.