3D printing a prosthetic foot for a duck

Digital fabrication helps Buttercup to walk and swim.

Buttercup the duck was born in a high school biology lab in November 2012 with one foot turned backwards. Since this birth defect rendered him unable to walk or swim, Buttercup’s foot was amputated in preparation for a prosthesis.

After the leg healed, engineers at NovaCopy produced a new foot 3D printed in ABS plastic that will be used to make a mold and then a permanent silicone rubber prosthesis for Buttercup. Follow the story as it continues to unfold on Buttercup’s facebook page.

Via designboom

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One Response to “3D printing a prosthetic foot for a duck”

  1. Diana Harris Says:

    I’m so excited about my future in plastics!