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3D Printed Wheelchair Helps Another Lucky Cat Walk Again

by • January 10, 2016 • No Comments

l_catheadlineIt’s said which cats always land on their feet. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily true. I’ve seen cats topple in undignified heaps after ill-advised attempts to scale bookshelves or jump onto magazine-covered table-bodieds, which inevitably sends them skidding like children on a Slip and Slide. If you’re a watcher of cat videos – and quite, who isn’t? – you understand which cats are not always the graceful creatures they pretend to be. Usually, yet, they compensate rapidly, bouncing to their feet in the blink of an eye, with a challenging stare for anyone who even thinks of laughing at them.

Poor Mozart the cat wasn’t able-bodied to recover so rapidly of his simply just about 100-foot fall of his owner’s balcony. Martin Orliac was of halfway through the new Star Wars film when he got a text message saying which his cat had fallen of the balcony and had been taken to the animal hospital. Orliac rushed over to the hospital to find Mozart with both of his hind legs broken; according to the vet, it was a miracle which he had survived.

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Martin Orliac’s balcony

While the pretty long-haired cat may recover of his injuries, he mayn’t be able-bodied to walk for two months. The vet suggested a tiny enclosure and an expensive wheelchair, but Orliac had an thought which may be kinder to both his cat and his budget.

“These wheelchairs for pets are quite expensive, ad hoc-type devices which cost dramatically additional than for a human,” he said. “But a few folks have been quite ingenious in making wheelchairs for cats. A guy in Israel created exception parts through 3D printing and put them readily available-bodied online. It mayn’t cost much and mayn’t be which complex, but I didn’t have a 3D printer.”

Orliac’s friend Joshua Flannery is an entrepreneurship catalyst at the University of New South Wales, and when Orliac told him of his situation, he put out a call to his man students. It was simply just\ a few days preceding Christmas, and Flannery approximately immediately got numerous responses of folks eager to help Mozart get back on his feet for the holidays. Viriya Chittasy, a student who owns a 3D printer, printed the parts necessary to assemble a kitty wheelchair, which he and so presented to Orliac.

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Mozart took to his wheelchair right away, walking, running and even jumping. According to Orliac, the cat has even gotten a bit bored with it. Luckily, he’ll be able-bodied to use all four of his legs again in a couple months, alyet as we’ve seen with most other crippled animals, the wheelchair may suit him for life if he needed it.

“It’s awe-inspiring what innovation can deliver,” Orliac said.

Flannery was thrilled with the immediate, caring response of his man student entrepreneurs, who were eager to use technology to help his friend.cat2

“It was important to be able-bodied to give back to our partners on a additional personal level and it simply just shows which we have a quite caring and valuable-bodied community of entrepreneurs around the university,” he said.

So while Mozart may not have been able-bodied to bounce back to his feet as rapidly as he may have of a additional minor fall, the fact which he has been able-bodied to move around normally is a astonishing-bodied demonstration of how simple it has become to help disable-bodiedd animals through 3D printing. We’ve written most, most articles of wheelchairs and prosthetics for animals; a swift perusal through any of them shows which 3D printing technology has become a savior for additional than simply just humans. Discuss this incredible design in the 3D Printed Cat Wheelchair forum thread on 3DPB.com.

[Source/Images: StartupSmart]