3D printed paws allow disabled rescue dog to run for the very first time
 
3D printed paws allow disabled rescue dog to run for the very first time 3D printed paws allow disabled rescue dog to run for the very first time
dec 18, 2014

3D printed paws allow disabled rescue dog to run for the very first time

3D printed paws allow disabled rescue dog to run for the very first time

 

 

 

derby the dog was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws, shaping them more like flippers than feet. unable to get around the house, nevermind interact with other canines or run around the park, derby required a solution that would aid in his overall mobility.

 

animal-lover tara anderson volunteered to foster derby through hillsborough-based peace & paws, decidedly intent on using her own knowledge of technology and 3D printing to help derby move regularly for the first time. as an employee of 3D systems, she understood the capabilities of the technology and enlisted the help of derrick campana, an expert dog orthotist at animal ortho care in virginia. together, the team worked to create a functional design, creating cups to hold derby’s front legs. first manually with carved plaster casts and then digitally, with the geomagic capture 3D scanner, the semi-circular prosthetics were finally virtually matched up with CT scan data of derby’s anatomy for optimum fit and comfort.

3D printed paws allow disabled dog to run for the first time
four images of derby demonstrate the success of the devices
all images courtesy of derby portanova

 

 

 

the devices were a success! after being fit to the dogs feet for the first time, he immediately began to run — something he has never been able to achieve in his life. take a look at the video below to see derby in action.


derby the dog: running on 3d printed prosthetics
video courtesy of 3D systems

3D printed paws allow disabled dog to run for the first time
the 3D model, rendered to suit the dog’s anatomy
image courtesy of 3D systems

3D printed paws allow disabled dog to run for the first time
the design of the prosthetic feet
image courtesy of 3D systems

3D printed paws allow disabled dog to run for the first time
testing the carved plaster casts
image courtesy of 3D systems

3D printed paws allow disabled dog to run for the first time
the devices have been printed on the projet 5500x
image courtesy of 3D systems

  • this is what technology is meant for

    sworddesign says:
  • I wish I know that, my bunny can run again, if someone can make a opensource download it and print in their 3d printer, it will help animal lover

    uncledj says:
  • What a great use of 3-D printing! What would be cost prohibitive using traditional manufacturing methods is now available to everyone. So glad to see its use for the service of mans best friend!

    Alan B. says:

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