Duck cripple an artificial 3D-printed limb




Duck cripple an artificial 3D-printed limb


Duck named Buttercup was born with a strange defect. One of her little feet pointed in the opposite direction. To correct this deficiency and allow Buttercup enjoy a normal life duck, it was decided to use the technology 3D-printing to make an artificial duck foot.

Before making a decision about the operation and the subsequent installation of 3D-printed limb, it was decided to try the method of physiotherapy. However, this did not lead to positive results – duck leg only partially able to turn in the right direction and in any case interfere with Ptah walk. After that Buttercup was taken to a shelter for birds, where the duck had found her new owner Mike Garey, who decided that we have to somehow fix the problem, because the duck is clearly suffering from such a life. Because of the emphasis placed on walking cartilage, sooner or later could be got in the foot infection, which would lead to far more disastrous consequences.



Wrong limb removed the duck in February of this year, and from that moment Garey, being a software engineer, he began to think how to make life easier for their new pet and started looking for an artificial limb. Most likely in any other situation the next owner could dismiss it and leave only the stump of a duck, but the owner was so attached to Buttercup that without tears could not look at her.


In general, after a while the company NovaCopy, which manufactures 3D-printed products, has agreed to make a duck artificial limb. Thus, instead of a dense plastic which is usually used in 3D-printing objects, it was decided to use a soft silicone for easier movement and stop. In the end, for a fully functioning foot should be bent, and with a dense plastic to achieve this effect will not work.



After many failed attempts, the company has created an artificial limb rather interesting design. prosthesis has a special socket where the rest of the limb is inserted into the most ducks. This form will allow the duck to go without much effort and inconvenience. The final completion of the work on the creation of an artificial foot has yet to be, but it looks like Buttercup will soon be able to fully walk.


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