Tara Anderson, a director at 3D printing company 3D Systems, went through a non-profit dog rescue called Peace and Paws in order to adopt her adorable dog named Derby.
Derby was born with deformed front legs, inhibiting his ability to run at all, but being adopted by a 3D-printing expert changed Derby’s life.
With the help of 3D-printing and orthopedic experts, Derby the dog was successfully fitted with two prosthetic front legs, allowing him to freely run for the first time in his life!
Derby’s 3D-printed prosthetics resemble a loop in order to stay springy and keep his new legs from digging into the ground as he bounds all over the place.
The best part about Derby’s prosthetic legs being 3D-printed is that the legs can be continuously modified over time as experts determine the perfect fit since the process is cheap and efficient.
3D Systems is planning on fitting Derby with “progressively longer legs until he reaches his optimal height.”