3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

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3D printing prosthetics isn’t exactly the newest thing in the world, but this take on it is surprisingly refreshing. This dog named Derby was born with disfigured legs. Running, or even walking, simply wasn’t possible. While you can see that a wheel rig was in use for some time, 3D Systems has created some prosthetics that allow Derby to actually run.

I’ll admit, I was fairly skeptical as I hit play. However, the moment you see the dog actually using the prosthetics in what appears to be a fairly natural way, I was won over. I would have loved to have seen the next iterations that were taller too. Great Job 3D Systems, this is absolutely how you should be showing off your tools!

33 thoughts on “3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

  1. David Mc says:

    You have opened the world to this dog and given him the best gift ever.
    I got tears in my eyes watching this.
    This dog loves to run and now he can!

    1. Sarah says:

      whoever invented this is really a good person https://youtu.be/Ecryd3RFw7A this helped me with my dog peeing in my home

  2. Mick Oberlin says:

    Reblogged this on The Journal of Michael Eric Oberlin and commented:
    3D-printed prosthetic legs—for dogs!

  3. Jim says:

    We can’t access videos at work. I can’t wait to go home and watch it.

  4. Petar Nikolov says:

    Faith in humanity restored!

    1. truta says:

      Just because of this? the prostheses. keep the dog outbalance (the rear legs still to high ) is not a big deal really.

      1. norm62 says:

        “We started him off really low… so it wouldn’t be too drastic” I take that to imply that they will reprint taller prosthetic replacements over time, as he becomes accustomed to the increases in height, if that’s what you were commenting on.

      2. Daniel Gomez says:

        you are a negative moron who sees the worst in everything, and people like you are what’s wrong with the world.

        1. David Ayers says:

          Like, like, like!

  5. Lars Clausen says:

    Wonderful. Such a cute puppy, and a great application of 3D printing.

  6. Eddie Conna says:

    awesome. Just awesome…

  7. Michael Myers says:

    So glad Derby got what he wanted. :3 :D

  8. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Beautiful story and great use of 3DP tech — thanks for sharing, Caleb!

  9. JamesM says:

    That’s an incredible story. It’s surprising how well Derby adapted to his prosthetic legs. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Layne Harris says:

    Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Robert Beatty says:

    A wonderful story. Thank you sharing this.

  12. Anna says:

    Fascinating design! I’d love to see him in action once he’s graduated to taller prosthetics. Then he’ll really be able to engage his rear legs properly.

  13. Davis Millard says:

    This is SO great! Made my year. Go Derby!!! Good boy!! He’s awesome.

  14. Irving Pinsky says:

    Love it!

  15. Jim says:

    Wow! This is wonderful..

  16. Magali Buron Castro says:

    Que Dios le de larga vida a los que hicieron realidad la felicidad para este perrito y sus amos. Este video es mi mejor regalo de Navidad.

  17. emiwenis says:

    So, how do I get one of these for my dog? https://www.facebook.com/SammyTheTaiwaneseTripod

  18. Doctor Ang says:

    I am so happy that I saw this.
    Thank you so much for finding a way to let this dog be happy <3

  19. herminestover says:

    wonderful for the dog, and will lead to wonderful things for people and other animals!

  20. Scott Foster says:

    Such a Good doggieee!

  21. Danielle W says:

    I don’t understand why the prosthetics weren’t made bigger. That has to be so hard on his back.

    1. Jeff Duty says:

      its so good of you to find something to criticize instead of watching the video that clearly explains the smaller prosthetics.

      Truly, thank you.

      1. Danielle W says:

        Get over yourself. I was watching at work so I didn’t have sound. All I was pointing out was that it might hurt his back. Seriously, get a life.

        1. Riley Elizabeth Schwarcz says:

          Yeah that guy probably has no friends so don’t worry.

  22. Jennifer says:

    Not to sound mean. My concern is the dogs back. She slouched when she was wearing the 3ds. Can you make them taller? Beautiful story and I’m happy she got the opportunity to walk without the wheels. God bless you.

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  24. Don Montalvo says:

    Heart warming, thank you for the kindness and selflessness. One observation, would the dog’s body be aligned better if the prosthetics were a bit higher? Not that it is an issue, the dog is clearly having the time of his life! Happy holidays!!! Don

  25. Neil Confesor says:

    If they made those higher, I think it will hurt the dog’s arms or he might fall as he runs fast. So they probably designed it closer to the ground.
    I’m happy to see this!

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