Running is the nature of animals. Losing the ability of running can be devastating to them. There are many animals lost their legs. Thus their owners equipped them with mini wheel chairs to help them run again. However, is it the best solution? As the 3D printing technology has gained more and more popularity, from stereoscopic photos to airplane components, now people are starting to apply this technology to helping disabled dogs to get rid of wheel chairs.
Now more and more dogs with front leg impairment obtained the tailored-made artificial legs. Those animals now love running again. Actually this is not the first time that people helping disabled animals running again. However, mini wheel chairs are still bulky and heavy for animals. The good news is that we don’t have to wait for a long time if the design needs to adjust and we won’t have to pay for the expensive fee of the traditional manufacturing. All we need to do is to print a new one.
Derby the dog is one of the lucky dogs that benefit from this amazing technology. Derby can’t run happily like other dogs since he was born with a disabled front leg. Fortunately, he was adopted by Tara Anderson who works on 3D printing system. She asked for help of the team and consulted an Orthopedics doctor. They made an artificial leg for Derby. Now Derby can sun two to three miles with his owners. Besides, the team also promises to make a gradually lengthening leg to make sure it can always be at the suitable height.
As the 3D printing technology develops, it becomes easier to print artificial legs for those poor animals. Even if they are tailored-made, it is still inexpensive. Of course, 3D printing technology can not only help animals, but also facilitate humans, such as printing clothes, food and cars.