Dog in Mexico Receives 3D Printed Prosthetic Leg
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January 28, 2016

Romina receives a prosthetic leg, made using the latest 3D printing technology in Mexico. (Hercules 444)

Romina, a six-year-old Whippet (a medium-size dog breed descended from Greyhounds) is set to become the first dog in Mexico to receive a jointed 3D printed prosthetic leg thanks to specialists from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM). The 3D printed prosthetic dog leg is part of an ongoing project at UVM that wants to make affordable, customized 3D printed prosthetics available to pets around the world.

Romina was involved in a terrible lawn mower accident in Brazil in 2013, completely losing one of her front legs, and seriously damaging the other. Yet thanks to advanced 3D scanning and 3D printing technology, she will join the ranks of Yogo, Derby, Tazo and Tumbles, fellow canine pets whose mobility and quality of life have been greatly improved with 3D printed prosthetic devices.

“We did a three dimensional scan of Romina’s stump, and from that we were able to design a custom-fitted prosthetic through computer software that would perfectly match the size and requirements she has,” said Dr. Stantiago Garcia Pasquel, coordinator of large species animals at the Veterinary Hospital at UVM.

The final iteration of Romina’s 3D printed leg is set to be completed within the next three months. Like the prototypes, it will feature silicone joints that mimic the natural movements of a dog’s leg, and will be made from either 3D printed carbon fibre or aluminum - extremely durable yet lightweight materials that won’t prevent the young Whippet from running and jumping as she used to. The finished leg will also be printed in a color that is close to her natural fur coat.

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