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Injured Guangzhou Bird Gets 3D Printed Beak

by • July 19, 2016 • No Comments

Veterinary Surgeon’s Save Bird’s Life with 3D Printed Beak

A bird’s had a 3D printed ‘beak job’ after ruffling a few feathers at Guangzhou Zoo, China. As we’ve discussed preceding creatures of the feathered variety aren’t new to the benefits of 3D printing, last year a couple of toucan’s had their beaks replaced and it appears to be a developing trend one of the avian species!

This bird featured is a red-crowned crane who goes by the name of Lili. Red-crowned crane’s are renowned for their aggressive nature, and this bird is no different types of! Lili got into a little bit of trouble not long ago after losing a fight which resulted in part of her beak getting broken. This intended she was and so unable to feed herself, and made a worrying situation for zoo keepers. No Food. No Lili.

A Clever Solution!

Luckily the zoo keepers came up with the revolutionary thought of 3D printing her a replacement beak. They set Chinese veterinary surgeons to work, crafting a ideal replacement for the birds missing piece. Initially they started by bringing precise and precise measurements of the birds wounded area. Followed by printing off different types of plastic prototypes, to gauge the right dimensions.


Once settled, the final piece was printed in titanium. As opposed to plastic, the titanium can be durable adequate to endure the birds active lifestyle in her predicted 50+ years to follow. The bird underwent a 30 minute installation system, so which zoo keepers may ensure the ideal fit.


Lili demonstrated only how successful the implant was by via her new beak to eat a few complete of a bucket. Mission completed! Hopefully Lili can put her new beak to excellent use and live her life peacefully in the serenity of Guangzhou Zoo. But now having one of the many lethal weapons/beaks in the zoo. We feel a bit sorry for whoever started the fight!


Red-crowned cranes have suffered a of the world population decline of of 1,500 in new years. Consequently building them an endangered species. It is excellent to see 3D printing being put to a excellent use and preventing any additional loss to such a attractive species.


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