Disabled stories rarely have a cute factor but a recent story seems to be the exception.  A small chiwawa was born without any front legs and was taken to the local vets.  On examination he was found to be in good condition, if a bit small, with his only problem being lack of front legs.


The clinic was able to cobble together a cart for him with a Fisher-Price toy helicopter, toy welding kit and a ferret harness but as he started to grow it was clear it would need to be regularly replaced.  At this point the newly named Turbo started getting media attention and was contacted by Mark Deadrick who works at a company that makes small 3D printed objects.  Using the media photos he was able to make two custom carts which Turbo can actually move in.  Once he reaches 6 months and stops growing the plan is to take a body mould and custom print a perfect cart.


The story is heartwarming and Turbo is undoubtedly cute but the important point is how easy and relativly cheap it was to make a custom piece of medical equipment. If it can be done for dogs it should be doable for people.  3D printers have great potential and medical uses probably most in the fields of splinting and adaptations will become more evident over time.

Link – 3dPrint News


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