Endless possibilities can sometimes cripple some when dealing with 3D printing. Such a scenario is pretty much understandable though. A powerful 3D printer be it for beginner or professional use may be intimidating just to think of the best items to 3D print.
But what makes 3D printed gadgets different is their usability. 3D printed stuff does not only offer personalization. It also can have a simple mechanism that makes life a little bit easier.
One of the cool 3D printed gadgets you can print? Mobility prosthetics for your beloved pet! Yeah, you read that right. There is something more heart wrenching when you see your pet inability to have fun because of an unfortunate accident. Some disability may have caused by animal cruelty like this poor dog from Northern Samar.
Animal disability could be due to a lot of reasons. They could come from age and some are born with it like a missing limb. Long before, when a pet suffers from life altering disability, they are often euthanized so as not to prolong their suffering.
Imagine the grief of a person who treats their pet like a real family. Advancement in veterinary medicine has helped curb such a sad scenario.
For pets with mobility disability, relieving the pain of your pet should be the priority as most veterinarians advise pet owners. This could encompass three key steps.
This is the priority and there are tons of excellent pain management techniques to help your pet overcome the pain they feel. These are medication, nutrition, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical rehabilitation and so much more.
They key here is to dedicate your time and fully understand what is better for them to relieve the pain. These options you can talk to your vet in order to come up with the best practices.
Mobility disability could affect other normal routines aside from their ability to run around and play. Something that is more health-threatening. These are urinary or fecal issues.
Some pets may suffer from paralysis due to an accident that caused a limb loss and may need assistance to release their urine or feces. Veterinary medicine has various ways to help you and your pet to eliminate such issues.
Mobility disability in pets has a wide variety. They could be from weakness, chronic joint pain, paralysis, to limb amputation. 3D printed stuff like assistive devices is good for such pets.
|Accessibility||3D printers are an accessible device and quite easy to operate.
For this need, you may need a beginner and user-friendly Snapmaker Original and Flashforge Creator Pro. Both has regional distributor in the Philippines who can assist you when you buy.
Also these two printers use widely available filaments such as ABS and PLA. So you can complete your pet mobility project.
|Lightweight||ABS & PLA are plastics and thus lightweight. While it still depends on the infilling your pet assistive device may require, it is pretty much lighter compared to other materials. In turn, you are assured your pet won’t have a hard time using them and carry its weight.|
|Durable||3D printed stuff is known for its durability. ABS and PLA can withstand the normal wear and tear. Even though your pet may play outside, their 3D printed assistive device can pull through. They are also tropical friendly and won’t melt under the weather.|
3D printed stuff meant to help animals is not only limited to four-limb ones. There are other success stories for others in the animal kingdom which 3D printing made possible.
|3D Printed Item||Animal|
|Beak||Beauty the Eagle has found another way to fend for herself after a terrible experience from poachers in Alaska in 2005. Her new beak was made through scanning and tweaking in a 3D software to fit and was printed on nylon-polymer material.|
|Prosthetic Foot||Buttercup the Duck has an inborn disability with one of her feet turned backwards. This caused her a lot of pain and therefore was replaced with a 3D printed one. 3D printing enables easy customization and has finally found one that truly fits her.|
|Hoof||Holly the Horse was suffering laminitis for years. They 3D scanned and 3D printed a titanium shoe that fits her hoof. This helps Holly to redistribute the weight and stress on the hoof to encourage it to heal.|
|Prosthetic Leg||Felix the Sheep is missing a hind leg. A cast was 3D scanned and modified to fit on him. His new leg was printed on ABS material.|
|Shell||Hermit crabs suffer from the dread of climate change. As they don’t produce their own shell and tend to adopt shells as their home. While hermit crabs tend to be picky on their homes, 3D printed shells are now becoming a viable option that is eco-friendly. Good example is Paris Shellton & Co.|
|Mobility Cart||TurboRoo the Chihuahua was born without two front legs. His 3D printed cart enables him to run around comfortably.|
You may think your pet may have no chance of living normal again as they suffer from disability. But thanks to 3D printing technology, they get a chance to live their life to the fullest again.
For assistive devices, you may need the help of your veterinarian, animal orthotist and your trusted 3D2GO Philippines.
Here we can help you 3D print the best and fitting assistive devices for your pet. We use industry grade 3D printers and durable ABS and PLA filaments.
Drop us a message so we could help your pet live their life to the fullest with our 3D printing services!