3D printed prosthetic legs help dog run for the first time

3D printing in the medical field isn’t just opening doors for incredible improvements in human health – it’s now even helping dogs. Derby the dog was born with deformed front legs, which didn’t allow him to walk or run like a normal dog. Tara Anderson, Director of CJP Product Management, 3D Systems, met Derby when […]

3D printing in the medical field isn’t just opening doors for incredible improvements in human health – it’s now even helping dogs.

Derby the dog was born with deformed front legs, which didn’t allow him to walk or run like a normal dog. Tara Anderson, Director of CJP Product Management, 3D Systems, met Derby when she was getting a dog from a rescue program and wanted to find away to help this loveable pup.

First, they tried a wheeled option designed for dogs, but that didn’t allow him to actually experience the feeling of running and it made it difficult for him to play with other dogs.

They decided to take a new route and create custom designed 3D printed prosthetic legs. As soon as he had them on, he started to run and now runs at least 2 or 3 miles everyday.