Injured Duck Gets 3D-Printed Brace

Quack Quack the duck is walking on his own with a customized 3D-printed brace and shoe.
Quack Quack the duck is walking on his own with a customized 3D-printed brace and shoe

A duck in Taiwan is off and waddling again thanks to a custom made 3D-printed brace. Quack Quack was unable to walk comfortably after his left leg and foot were severely injured when he was attacked by a dog a few months ago. Veterinarians at National Taiwan University Animal Hospital turned to the Taipei-based design and technology group Lung X Lung Design for help. It took several attempts to create a 3D model of Quack Quack’s foot before they could finally print out the brace and shoe for him. At first, Quack Quack struggled to walk with his new device, but it didn’t take him long to figure it out. He was walking with it in 15 minutes. Creating the brace took about two months and cost about $3,300, but animal welfare groups say they’re hoping the cost will come down so more animals can benefit from the technology. — Read it at the Huffington Post

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