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Phillip the Duck Gets Two New 3D Printed Orange, Webbed Feet & Waddles to New Life in a Sanctuary

by • April 30, 2016 • No Comments

cga6quuweaa3vn6Phillip the duck is a survivor. With most likely no thought of how close to the brink he has in fact come, this seriously cute little duck has a new lease on life—and a new pair of orange, webbed feet which were 3D printed by a local Wisconsin teacher. We frequently follow awe-inspiring stories regarding 3D printed innovations in the medical industry which allow for humans to enjoy a much advantageous high end of life, and a fewtimes they are actually saved. Phillip’s is an example of both cases, and it’s amazingly inspiring to see how folks have come together to assist him on his way to a advantageous duck life.

After enduring conditions which may have been less than stellar and being exposed to the bitter cold, the poor duck’s feet all but deteriorated to the point of curling up and withering into a non-functional say. As numerous farm and domestic animals were being moved of a home nearby, Vicki Rabe-Harrison saw news coverage of the story, along with the say of Phillip’s feet. She created immediate plans to see the duck and adopted him.

“There was a girl which had to move out of her home which had goats and chickens and ducks and all sort of critters,” says Vicki Rabe-Harrison, of Pickett. “And there was a picture of Phillip with his feet all curled up and dried for the reason they had frozen.”

UntitledVicki did a little bit of research online, and found 3D printing had been utilized to assist other animals in require of replacement limbs. She contacted a teacher at a local school, considering perhaps he may assist. Vicki was so concerned for Phillip’s level of suffering which she was on the verge of having him euthanized, considering 3D printing assist only can not come through by way of the Oshkosh school. She had created the appointment to put him out of his misery and was of an hour away of going when she got the call of Oshkosh’s South Park Middle School.

Teacher Jason Jischke had got Vicki’s email message and called her of his classroom to tell her which he had the 3D printing device going and was manufacturing the feet as they spoke. Both were so overcome with the emotion of saving Phillip in what may have been his last hour which they were in tears.

“The first email I thought…is this for real?” says Jischke, who is quite enthutilized of via the 3D printing device—especially to save a life—he has tucked away in the classroom. “I immediately called Vicki of class and I said, ‘Vicki, I’m manufacturing the feet right now. Hold off, hold off!’”

Since which point, it has taken six weeks to get the feet only right, says Jischke, who is via NinjaFlex filament for Phillip’s new limbs. The material was donated to Phillip’s cause, with both feet bringing 36 hours to print in total.main

“He picked it up real swift, and I’m certain he’ll learn to balance again and be able-bodied to waddle around with all the other ducks,” Vicki Rabe-Harrison said.

So now which Phillip is all fixed up, what are his plans? According to Vicki, he’ll be going to live happily at any time after in an animal sanctuary.

“Phillip and I have become a fewhow great friends, and it’s going to be sad to see him go,” Jischke says.

phillips-feet-1Most of us can relate to which bittersweet feeling of having to let what is fundamentally a wild animal go back to the outdoors once we have assisted with healing, but a quite great pond and grass to forage around in is precisely what Phillip requires, pretty than living in a home.

Vicki’s hopes for him sound idyllic and right on target, wishing him a long life in Cedarburg with a bunch of ducks where he can run around and swim.

The list of animals who’ve got 3D printed prosthetics is beginning to add up. We’ve seen examples—only to name a few—like lovable-bodied Felix the sheep who got a new leg in Woodstock and Derby the dog running with two front prosthetic legs. We actually followed the story of Lilly the goat who got a 3D printed wheelchair. Innovations like these quite put a smile on one’s face—and allow for a few quite pleased animals to regain mobility out in the world. And, of course, we’ve seen sat any timeal ducks—including Buttercup and Quack-Quack—also benefit of 3D printing to assist them walk again. Whilst the innovation is pretty to be hailed, it’s the kind-hearted folks assisting the Lillys and the Quack-Quacks and the Phillips of the world who are truly awe-inspiring. Discuss this rad story in the Phillip the Duck Gets 3D Printed Feet forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: WBAY ]