Disabled dog runs for the first time with 3D printed prosthetic legs

By Melissa Schupmann, Kansas City Star


The technology of 3D printing has helped countless people in the past few years, but they’re not the only ones reaping the benefits. Disabled dogs, as well as ducks, penguins and cats, have been able to move like never before with the help of 3D printing.

Derby, a dog who was born with two deformed front legs, is the perfect example.

After Tara Anderson, the director of 3D Systems’ product management, adopted Derby as a foster mom, she knew his life could be dramatically changed by the technology she worked with day to day.

After first considering a cart, Anderson and the team at 3D Systems came up with a design for two prosthetic legs.

Derby’s reaction to the final product is priceless.

“This is what 3D printing is about,” Anderson said. “To be able to help anybody; a dog, person, whoever, to have a better life, there is no better thing to be involved in.”