Christmas came early for Derby the dog.
He was born with deformed front legs:
But 3D Systemsâ€™ director of CJP product management Tara Anderson found him through adoption agency and rescue group Peace and Paws.
“I had to try and help this dog,” she said.
Derby had a cart, which wasn’t great:
“It limits his ability in being able to play with other dogs and it’s not the full motion of running,” Anderson said.
So Anderson and her team hit upon a new design for dog legs.
The loop was proposed as a way to stop Derby’s new legs digging into the dirt.
They printed it off and presented it to Derby and his adopted family:
Look how happy he is:
Here’s why – Derby now runs with his adopted dad Dom “at least two to three miles” a day:
And now the basic design is on file, it’s just a quick modification and print to give the freedom to other dogs with similar disabilities.
“This is what 3D printing is all about,” Anderson says.
“To be able to help anybody – dog, person, whoever – to have a better life is just, there’s no better thing to be involved in.”
Here’s the full video: