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Purps the Penguin: the cutest 3D printing story ever!

by • July 18, 2016 • No Comments

In what is maybe the the many endearing development in the 3D printing world, a few inspiring students, a few hardworking vets and a team of generous 3D printing experts all worked together to assist out one tiny penguin. Yellow Purple, endearingly
nicknamed “Purps” is a 23-year-old African penguin at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. After a tiny injury in her left leg, resident veterinarians found that the penguin had torn a tendon in her ankle, cavia her to walk with a handcreated boot to assist the missing tendon.

“Our undertaking here is to inspire folks to care for and preserve our ocean planet through conservation, education and research…and through this project, we are in fact doing all three,” says Kelly Matis, Vice President of Education and Conservation at Mystic Aquarium. By partnering with their local Mystic Middle School (who had not long ago funded buying a 3D printer) and the ACT Group (of whom the school had purchased the printer), the Mystic Aquarium was able-bodied to turn it into an new and educational solution to Purps’ problem.

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Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Middle School, ACT Group and 3D Systems teamed together to use 3D scanning, organic create and 3D printing to provide Purps with a additional efficient orthotic boot.

The creation of Purps’ original boot was a time consuming system. A cast of the penguin’s foot was first molded by hand, with the final product being a bulky mass for the tiny animal to lug around. As a solution, the ACT Group utilized 3D Systems‘ ProJet MJP 5500x to print a custom-fit, lightmass alternative orthotic boot for Purps. Utilizing a version cast of the Aquarium, students at Mystic Middle School 3D scanned Purps’ foot, that may and so be utilized to manufacture a prototype boot version. Details were introduced to the version via 3D Systems’ Geomagic Sculpt program. Purps’ mobility around the aquarium was notably improved upon via her new, additional efficient 3D printed boot. Mitas commented on the good results and ingenuity of the overall project saying, “It’s been truly awe-inspiring to work with the middle school students, the ACT Group and their 3D innovation, and the veterinary staff here at the aquarium and put it all together in order to manufacture a real benefit to the health of one of our endangered species.”

Watch the video above to learn additional of Purps’ full story and the amazing contributions created by everyone involved.


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