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How 3D printing helped Derby the dog find his feet

posted 07 January 2015 at 16:31:08

What’s more heart-warming than a real-life story about how 3D printing helped a dog with deformed front legs to run for the first time?

This is exactly what happened when Tara Anderson, an employee at US firm 3D Systems, heard about Derby’s plight through a dog rescue group, Peace and Paws. 3D Systems happens to be a 3D printing and manufacturing company, so it wasn’t difficult for her to rally work colleagues to meet the challenge.

In collaboration with an animal prosthetics  expert, and using highly sophisticated 3D modelling software and a state-of-the-art printer, a pair of tailor-made prosthetics were soon winging their way to Derby. Reports are that as soon as they were strapped on, a delighted Derby hit the ground running.  

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