turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair
turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair
aug 15, 2014

turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair

turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair
image © turbo.roo




turbo.roo was born with only his two hind legs, and upon his breeder’s realization that the dog would require more attention then he could handle, surrendered him. the chihuahua was subsequently adopted by a technician at the downtown veterinarian in indianapolis, USA, ashely looper, who set-up a small fundraising campaign for the 6-month old puppy to finance a set of bespoke wheels to assist his mobility.

turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair
front view of the 3D-printed wheelchair supporting turbo.roo’s upper body
image © turbo.roo




news of the story and initiative caught the attention of mark deadrick, president of san diego-based 3dyn who decided to do his part and designed a small cart with wheels to support turbo.roo.

turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair
a 3D-printed support is outfitted with skateboard wheels to support the miniature pup
image © turbo.roo




the custom wheel-chair was printed using a makerbot 3D printer and outfitted with skateboard wheels for easy roaming.

turbo.roo enjoying his freedom
image courtesy of the downtown vet



this heartwarming story can’t help but spark memories of buttercup, the baby duck who received a 3D-printed prosthetic leg to balance the backward left foot she was born with.

turbo.roo the two-legged chihuahua gets 3D-printed wheelchair
image © turbo.roo


via 3ders

  • those are rollerblade wheels, not skateboard wheels.

    ashley says:
  • extremely heavy.

    David Orta says:
  • What a sweet little dog. Great idea to help her out with her disability, but carriage needs lighter wheels. The urethane inline wheels can be quite heavy. Could probably print lighter versions of the wheels too.

    Alan B. says:
  • I have followed Turbo Roo on Instagram since they began posting about him. I would love to blog about him but I don’t exactly understand what 3-D printer means in this context. The printer itself prints out the actual plastic product?

    DJ Holohan says:

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