Do you have a pet that has been amputated or has some form of locomotory disorder? It must be painful to see your pet go through all that trouble in its daily life.
This is where 3D Pets come in and they have found the best solution for such issues.
3D Pets is a company that specializes in making customized prosthetics for your pets using 3D printing technology. The Co-Founder of 3D Pets, Adam Hecht, spoke about his company and how it operates in an interview.
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They send out a casting kit, first, with which the owner will wrap their pet. This material will later harden and will eventually turn into a mold. The process is quite easy, too.
3D Pets will directly 3D scan that mold into their computer which will then be modified with custom software to the specifications of the needs and body of the pet. This is when they create their custom “Body Jacket”. The “Body Jacket” for the pet is printed on a high-resolution 3D printer with flexible Thermoplastic Poly-Urethane (TPU) in color.
The company will then sand and remove the imperfections, attach human-grade prosthetic components and make a final inspection before shipping it.
The material that they use is the same material that they make phone cases out of. These are designed to be impact-absorbent and lighter in weight since they do not use things like springs.
3D Pets: A Few Success Stories
Jack, a dog, was a brilliant example of one of their success stories.
Jack was found injured by the side of a road with a severely injured leg. He then had the amputation and was rehabilitated and was dropped at the adoption center.
People tried to adopt him but he was ultimately returned till he met Rhea.
Jack started to slow down because of the joint deterioration, so, Rhea took it on herself to find a way to prolong his health. She found 3D Pets and ultimately ended up coming to them.
They fit the device in, but Jack almost fell over on his face. This was not a positive sign for the company but Rhea did not give up. She put it on Jack, every single day for almost three weeks for 10-15 minutes at a time. By the next time, Jack arrived at 3D Pets he was running and galloping all around their office.
“It was just the most amazing feeling to see that and it gives us so much hope for when other people say, ‘Hey, my dog’s not getting the hang of it just yet”. He replies that one needs to be positive in such situations and give it some more time. Jack was the symbol of hope and of what was possible.
3D Pets also makes customized carts for pets who have no hope of walking otherwise. These are for the pets that either has two front deformities or if their arms are proportionately smaller or absent entirely. Normal wheelchairs are of no use to use pets as they do not have strong arms to remain in the harness.
Adam and his team work closely with charity organizations and animal shelters offering hope to pets.
Another of their success story was a goat from Goats of Anarchy based in New Jersey. They made a customized helmet for the animal as it was born with a hole in its skull.
Waddles, the duck, is another incredible story. They were filming for a show and they put on the prosthetic leg on the duck. The bird who had never walked before took off sprinting across the room.
3D Pets aims to help as many animals as they can by offering effective and comfortable prosthetics.