3D Printed Shell Gives New Home to Tortoise

»»3D Printed Shell Gives New Home to Tortoise

At AnimalPlex, we love a good animal story. And we love a good technology story. So, when we see a good technology story that benefits an animal, it is double the goodness.
So you can understand why we could not pass the opportunity to share this story about a tortoise that was severely injured in a fire, and the 3D printer that changed his life.
The location was Brazil. The incident was a brush fire. The fire tragically nearly took the life of the poor animal, leaving him badly burned, his shell in complete disarray, and the question of survival looming overhead.
But, for a group of volunteers, they saw opportunity instead of tragedy. An animal that may otherwise get tossed aside in the wild, this tortoise instead met its guardian angels, in the form of good men and good technology.
The “good men” in this case, call themselves the Animal Avengers, and they are specialized surgeons who care for animals. Based in San Paulo, these pioneering men PRINT replacement body parts for injured animals. Using a computer program, and imaging technology, the first ever tortoise shell could be precisely designed and custom fitted for their patient.
There are a lot of firsts here. The tortoise, who is called Freddy, has received the first ever shell transplant made from a 3D printer, and the organization, it’s a first for them too. Animal Avengers was just recently formed and Freddy was their first patient.
The volunteers have also helped birds with beak problems, but the tortoise was a big step for them and their organization.
Leaving nothing undone, one of the volunteers, an artist even painted Freddy’s shell, so he’d look completely (well, almost completely) natural in front of his friends. Freddy is recovering well and has adjusted to his new shell, and if we can speculate, he’s probably completely pleased to not be homeless and naked any longer!
To read more about this rescue effort and to see the pictures and video that follows, please check out http://pulptastic.com/let-me-take-a-shell-fie/ for more information.
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Like we said, we just love a happy ending. If you know of any inspiring animal stories, we’d love to hear about them. You can contact AnimalPlex via the contact us page or through social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Or drop us a pic in Instagram, be sure to hashtag #animalplex and let us know your story. You can submit a news article that you’ve found interesting, or even better, if you have a great animal story of your own, we would love to feature you as a guest blogger. AnimalPlex is a community and we want to share and inform our readers. Drop a question in the forum and start a discussion. Find us on Facebook and join in the conversation.

 

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