Disabled dog now runs on 3D braces

Three-dimensional printed braces have helped a disabled dog run like normal again.

IANS| Last Updated: Dec 21, 2014, 14:54 PM IST

New York: Three-dimensional printed braces have helped a disabled dog run like normal again.

Derby, a husky, was born with deformed front limbs and had to drag himself on his front elbows, scratching himself on rough surfaces.

After Tara Anderson, an employee of design and manufacturing firm called 3D Systems, saw him, a team got together to create two prosthetic devices that fitted onto Derby's forelimbs, Discovery News reported.

The prosthetics are loop-shaped extensions that rock while Derby walks and runs.

Currently, they are slightly small, so Derby, who is used to being on his forelimbs, does not find them to be a drastic change.

After he gets used to his new 'legs', which were created with the help of 3D printing, the team would eventually make a bigger pair that could give Derby a more upright position.

"When I saw him sprinting like that on his new legs, it was just amazing," Dom Portanova, who has now adopted Derby, was quoted as saying.