3D printing has come along way with the use of prosthetics, this technology is being put to some commendable use.
These animals were given another chance at life with the help of technology.
"Fuji, a bottlenose dolphin, lost 75 percent of her tail fin due to an unknown disease. The dolphin was fitted with a prosthetic fin developed by veterinarians and the Bridgestone tire company. Fuji, a resident of Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, a town on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, can now swim and jump using the artificial tail fin, which is believed to be the world’s first artificial fin for a dolphin".
"Cleopatra, a leopard tortoise, whose shell is deformed because of malnutrition, wears a new prototype 3D-printed prosthetic shell. Cleopatra, who now lives at Canyon Critters Reptile Rescue in Golden, Colorado, United States, got the prosthetic shell after a student of the Colorado Technical University worked to design it for her".
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