First there was Buttercup the duck. Now there’s a new cool kid in town with 3D-printed limbs.
Derby was born with small front legs and no front paws. The congenital deformity made it impossible for him to get around on surfaces that weren’t soft.
But thanks to the 3D printing company 3D Systems, which designed a custom set of legs for the pup, Derby can finally go for a run.
Derby was brought to Peace and Paws Dog Rescue in April after his owners could no longer care for him. He quickly found a foster home with Tara Anderson, director of CJP Project Management at 3D Systems.
“I kept looking at his photo, and hearing his story, and I cried literally every time,” Anderson said. “I had to try and help this dog.”
Anderson first got Derby a cart, which helped him get around, but limited his ability to interact with other dogs.
Anderson knew that 3D printing would make it possible to quickly design and print prosthetics to meet Derby’s unique needs. After a few experimentsRead More »from Derby the dog runs for the first time thanks to 3D-printed prosthetics