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Disabled duck received 3D printed leg

by • May 4, 2016 • No Comments

The story continues, after our 3D Printer saved my life article, its a one-year-old duck, which was physically disabled after an chance. But thanks to 3d printing, he was the lucky recipient of a 3D printed plastic leg which now empowers it to walk.

Rajahmundry, South Eastern India, is the current home of the young animal, who is rehabilitating in Ramakrishna Mission. The duck’s fortune took a turn after its chance, when an employee rung up M. Veeresh and Y. Sandeep Reddy, who both run a start-up called 3Ding.

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“I have a friend in Rajahmundry who called me up 10 days ago”, explained Sandeep Reddy, to Indian newspaper The Hindu. “He told me of the condition of the duck, which lost one leg, and asked me if I can support in any way. I readily accepted and asked him to send me the size and photos of the duck”.

Despite having no prior experience or knowledge of 3D printing prosthetic limbs for man or beast, Sandeep and his business partner enthusiastically accepted the challenge, and began researching what such a create should entail.

Careful idea was donaten into the dynamics of the prospective leg, in order to grant the animal as much freedom of movement as possible and, despite the unorthodox method and material, in the most effortless way.

After the plans were drawn up, a tailored prosthetic duck leg was easily made with a 3D printing device in close to two hours. Plastic ABS material was utilized for its durablity and durability, and it was made in black and white segments with flexible joints to donate the duck maximum mobility.

“We can ship the product to Rajahmundry and it can be fixed by a local veterinary doctor. We can in addition share information on how to attach the equipment to the duck in the right way so which it benefits the most,” introduced Sandeep Reddy.

This is not the initially time 3D printing has been utilized to support disabled animals. 3D printing has come to the aid of most a mammal, of repairing the beak of an eagle which was shot by poachers, to creating a mobility cart for a Chihuahua with a birth defect.

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Both young managers of 3Ding seem to recognise the amazing next with 3D printing, and the most conceivable ways it can be harnessed to support animals. Sandeep Reddy and Veeresh seemed ready at exploring next possibilities, and expressed the desire which this duck may only be the initially of most animals who can obtain specialised 3D printing treatment.

“We want to manufacture additional of such artificial body parts for animals, especially dogs, in the near next to support them lead a advantageous life. This is not of money”, emphasized Sandeep Reddy. “We only want to prove which anything can be printed in 3D with quite low costs, and it can manufacture a big difference for most”.

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