These Custom 3D Printed Prosthetics Give Pets a Second Chance!
This is 3D Pets, a new brand from New Jersey-based design firm, DiveDesign, the creators of the advanced full-limb prosthetic. These skilled techie animal lovers specialize in making customized prosthetics for animals using 3D technology and consult with orthopedic veterinarians. In addition to full-limb prosthetics, the team also makes custom wheeled carts with harnesses for animals with two front deformities, or without any front limbs and are unable to walk.
These full-limb prosthetics and carts are lightweight, durable, waterproof, flexible, and breathable for these adorable little furry fellas! They are also made with shock-absorbing feet and wheels and have adjustable settings to accommodate weight change. (They need to be rewarded with treats for their hard work, after all!)
So how does the process work? First, 3D Pets sends out an easy-to-do “Casting Kit” (to any part of the world), which creates a stiff mold of your pet’s body. When 3D Pets receives your pet’s mold, it will be 3D-scanned and digitally stored. The necessary modifications are made with custom software to the specifications of your pet’s needs and body.
Then it creates a high-resolution, 3D-printed, tailored “Body Jacket” with flexible Thermoplastic Poly-Urethane (TPU) in your chosen color. Once it’s sanded down and free of any imperfections, human-grade prosthetic elements are attached, and a final inspection is conducted. Then the owner must step in and help gradually introduce the prosthetic or cart to their fur baby to gain renewed mobility. This takes a lot of patience and determination!
3D printing also benefits younger animals, given the multiple prosthetics needed as the body grows. A new cast or redesign isn’t needed as you can just ‘re-size the file and re-print.’ For example, a baby goat from the Goats of Anarchy, a New Jersey-based animal sanctuary, was born with a hole in his head and his brain was exposed under the skin. 3D Pets made him a customized helmet. As he grew, they easily re-printed a new helmet every few months to correctly fit the little tyke as he recuperated. And of course, it’s the most adorable-looking thing ever!
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