Disabled Duck Receives 3D-Printed Prosthetic Foot

Disabled Duck Receives 3D-Printed Prosthetic Foot

Buttercup was born with a backwards foot and had to have it amputated so a new high-tech foot is being molded.

Emma Hutchings
  • 28 june 2013

A duck born with it’s left foot turned backwards will receive a 3D printed replacement after it had to be amputated earlier this year. Since the foot needs to be flexible, the 3D printed version is actually a mold that will be filled with silicone. Once completed, the foot will be attached to the duck’s leg using a silicone sheath.

Disabled Duck To Receive 3D-Printed Prosthetic Foot

Buttercup, who has born last November, lives at the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary. Owner Mike Garey is working with Dr. Shannon McGee to create the new foot using the latest technology in 3D modeling and printing.

Disabled Duck To Receive 3D-Printed Prosthetic Foot

3D printing company NovaCopy helped to design the foot using photos of Buttercup’s sister Minnie and printed the mold which will be used to cast a silicone foot. Garey recently received the materials needed to mold the sock and foot and is currently making them. You can follow Buttercup’s progress on the Facebook page ‘Buttercup gets a new high tech foot‘.

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