Buttercup a disabled duck that was born with a backwards left foot, walks again thanks to 3D-printed foot. Mike Garey of Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary adopted Buttercup, because he knew he needed to do something to help Buttercup survive in his condition. Have a look at the video…
Garey took photos of a similar duck’s left foot, worked with AutoDesk program, and then he got, from a local 3D printer reseller, the exact replication of Buttercup’s left foot.
“My Dad finished my foot design last night which is an exact replication of my sister Minnie’s left foot. The file was sent to Joel Graves at Novacopy in Nashville. Thanks so much to Melissa Ragsdale at Novacopy for arranging this for me, she is great! Once we receive the foot then it will be used to mold my silicone foot.
June 30, 2013 – 9pm I completed the prosthetic foot. It is removed from the mold and placed on Buttercup for the first time. He goes outside and immediately walks normally! It does not bother him at all! Sorry video is at night and loses focus occasionally.”