3D Printed Prosthetic Paws Allow Derby To Run And Sit

Posted: Dec 31 2015, 5:37am CST | by , Updated: Dec 31 2015, 7:45am CST, in News | Latest Science News

3D Printed Prosthetic Paws Allow Derby to Run and Sit

A canine named Derby got fitted with 3D printed prosthetics. He can now prance about and even run a little.

Derby is a canine who just got 3D printed paw prosthetics. Now he can walk and skip about like other dogs. Originally, the firm 3D Systems created a pair of prosthetic paws that didn’t go too well with Derby.

Now the same company has created a new twosome for the pooch and they fit it beautifully. The director of 3D Systems has said in a YouTube video that the final prosthetics that got created had a bit of flexibility to them towards the knees.

Multijet 3D printing was not employed and instead selective laser sintering (SLS) was sought to give the dog new front legs. SLS uses a heat source to join together little pieces of material.

Thus a 3D object is manufactured in the end. The result of this process is two bouncy prosthetics that allow Derby the dog to hop, skip and engage in all sorts of playful antics that it could not participate in before. Derby sure is a lucky husky pup to have gotten these prosthetic paws.

Derby as everyone knows was born with a deformity that left him without front legs. So, 3D printed prosthetic paws were fitted onto its front end stumps. Previously, Derby had to crawl on its rear legs and it was a hellish nightmare for the poor dog.

Most of the time, the dog had to kneel on its chest which got bruised and lacerated due to being scraped by the ground.

The upgrade that Derby had undergone has left it a competent and somewhat more normal pooch. The fact that the first attempt at fitting some prosthetics was a dud only shows that science takes effort and is not a cinch.

The new material used for Derby’s prosthetic paws was harder and durable. Also it showed greater flexibility. The figure-eight helical infinity design is unique in that it suits Derby’s physical requirements to a T.

And now it can go back to the original plan according to which most dogs are meant take delight in barking and biting. No more of a handicap will be dogging (no pun intended) Derby’s steps.

It is now fully self-sufficient. Its owner is very happy as well since now the dog doesn’t need any assistance. Prosthetics is a relatively new field of endeavor. It provides made-to-scale limbs and body parts for human beings and animals.

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