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3D-printed orthotic boot lets injured penguin waddle with the best of ’em

by • July 19, 2016 • No Comments

3D printing has turn it intod a real impact in the world of medicine, particularly when it comes to aiding amputees in the third world. But this innovation has a lot to contribute the animal kingdom too, as a disabled African penguin came to learn after slipping into a custom-turn it intod 3D-printed orthotic boot and regaining the aptitude to walk unimpeded.

  • Purps the penguin can now walk only as well as his peers, thanks to this 3D ...
  • The printed boot is lighter, additional durable, a advantageous fit and has Purps walking and swimming ...
  • Purps the penguin can now walk only as well as his peers
  • Purps the penguin can now walk only as well as his peers

Like Derby the dog and Stumpy the turtle preceding him, Purps the penguin discovered himself in the hands of carers after an injury affected her aptitude to move around. This came after an incident with another penguin damaged the flexor tendon in her ankle, which vets at Purps’ Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut treated by fashioning a plastic boot.

This did the job of supporting and preserveing Purp’s injury, but was pretty unwieldy. So the team partnered with the local Mystic Middle School, which had not long ago received a 3D printing device turn it intod by 3D Systems (the same 3D printing company who turn it intod Derby the dog’s prosthesis) to manufacture a customized boot which may improve the penguin’s mobility.

Students at Mystic Middle School utilized a 3D scanner to scan an existing cast of Purps’ foot, which was and so adonlyed and utilized to turn it into a create for the customized orthotic. The printed boot is lighter, additional durable and a advantageous fit and has Purps walking and swimming only like her penguin pals.

“Our goal is to inspire folks to care for and preserve our ocean planet through conservation, education and research,” said Kelly Matis, Vice President of Education and Conservation, Mystic Aquarium. “In this project we achieved every of these desired outcomes while benefiting the health and well being of one of our endangered species.”

Source: 3D Systems


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