Category Archives: Animals

Tortoise gets new shell, thanks to 3D printing

A team of vets in Brazil has come up with a novel use for 3D printing by producing a whole new shell for a tortoise that was injured in a fire. The Animal Avengers in Sao Paulo have acquired quite a reputation. The team of four vets, a dental surgeon and a 3D printer has already created a range of prosthetics that have given injured animals a new lease of life. Birds get serious braces They were in the news recently after creating a new titanium beak for a toucan. A macaw that lost most of its beak had a partial titanium replacement attached with bone cement and screws in a ground-breaking operation. A parrot, meanwhile, received a reinforced plastic beak that is strong enough to crack nuts. Now they have applied modern technology to a tortoise named Freddy, who suffered damage to 85% of his shell after he was caught in a brush fire last year. He was named, rather ironically, after Freddy Kruger in The Nightmare on Elm Street films. 3D design ace Cicero Moraes couldn’t just copy the damaged shell. He had to reconstruct the design by analysing healthy turtles, photographing Freddy and then constructing a CAD design of a healthy hull to fit his frame. “’Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as […]

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Brewery Creates 3Dp Solution to Save Marine Life

Sick of seeing animals like this?     Thousands of animals die each year because of human negligence, and our poor attitudes towards environmental sustainability. Those that don’t die are permanently deformed, like this turtle, Peanut. 20 years after she was cut free from 6-pack rings, she still looks the same (but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying life as a mascot against littering).     Enter Saltwater Brewery and We Believers. The beer company and New York ad agency have banded together to create a plastic-free six-pack that feeds marine life, instead of choking or trapping them.     The Edible Six Pack Ring is made from byproducts of the brewing process such as wheat and barley, making it the first 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and edible packaging implemented in the beer industry. 3D printers were used to manufacture the first batch of 500 edible and biodegradable six-pack rings for Saltwater Brewery’s main brand IPA. The plan is to produce 400,000 edible six-pack rings per month, enough for the current monthly production of Saltwater Brewery. The product, designed with a team of engineers at a small startup in Mexico, is as resilient and efficient as the current plastic six-pack ring option, according to We Believers co-founders Marco Vega and Gustavo Lauria. The first mass-produced batch will cost between 10 and 15 cents per unit, for craft beer that costs more than […]

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Stork Narrowly Survives with 3D Printed Leg Orthoses

By Michael Molitch-Hou

A virtual Noah’s Ark of animals has now been helped through the use of 3D printing by caring humans.  From sea creatures, like the Robo Turtle, to forlorn fowl, like Beauty the Bald Eagle, 3D printing has played a crucial role in rehabilitating these animals for the wild.  The latest story surrounds a Lithuanian Stork, aided by local 3D printer manufacturer Mass Portal.

The stork had been discovered in the countryside, tangled in threads and ropes. With a deformed left foot and a right foot that had become injured beyond the point of functioning properly, the stork was unable to walk or stand and was suffering a great amount of pain.…

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The 3D Printed Mechanical Chameleon that Knows When to Go Camo

By Tyler Koslow

It seems that some pretty cool news snuck by most of the world last month in the scientific journal ACS Nano. Perhaps it’s because it involves an actual camouflaging mechanical chameleon!

The research, which was conducted by a collaborative team from China’s Wuhan University and the Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology, was aimed at reaching ‘optical invisibility’ by covering a 3D printed chameleon model in a plasmonic display. What these plasmons (aka ripples of electrons) allow for is real-time light manipulation that adapts to the color of the surrounding environment.…

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Injured Costa Rican Toucan Saved with 3D Printed Prothetic Beak

By Tyler Koslow

For those following the rising use of 3D printing for prosthetic replacements, you may have noticed that humans aren’t the only ones benefiting from these constant breakthroughs in 3D printed assistive devices. There is a vast variety of both domesticated and wild animals who have overcome their injuries and deformities thanks to 3D printed prosthetics. Last year, two Brazilian toucans had their broken beaks replaced with a 3D printed replica within the same week as one another, allowing the colorful birds to eat, sing, and live a normal life once more.…

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Shell Shock! 3D Printed Replica Shells to Help Save the Threatened Desert Tortoise

By Tyler Koslow

For just about over 250 million years now, the tortoise has managed to (slowly, but surely) survive various mass extinction events and predators of all types, becoming one of the most ancient and resilient animals to still roam the earth today. Unfortunately for this species, particularly the Desert Tortoise (generally located all across the Mojave Desert), endangerment is approaching quickly as their population is ravaged by the growing number of predatory ravens, which have been accumulating due to human landfill and litter.…

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