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Dog With 3D-Printed Legs Gets an Upgrade ( 36

An anonymous reader writes with this update about Derby who was born with a congenital deformity that deprived him of front paws and was outfitted with a pair of 3-D-printed prosthetics. According to Gizmag: "You might remember Derby, a dog who was born with a congenital deformity but last year received a 3D-printed prostheses that enabled him to run for the first time. Well, it's onward and upward for Derby and his carers, who have now crafted an upgraded set of custom prostheses allowing him to walk proudly with a straight back and even sit like a healthy dog."
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Dog With 3D-Printed Legs Gets an Upgrade

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    The Pentagon should launch a major research program into this so we can help hero dogs that come back from the war zones injured. It could even advance the field for humans. I can imagine being a little more agressive about what we try on canines to figure out what works and what doesn't.
    • I can tell you right now, there are very few people who wish to walk and/or sit like a dog. Maybe if they've lost some of their limbs and there is something else wrong that prevents them from sitting or standing upright, they may find it acceptable, but that would be a really rare case.

  • Ice Bear [] approves this.
  • So how's he wear his pants now?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Two pair. One for the front legs and another pair for the hind legs.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    damn this is some amazing work and
    massive kudos to tara and all involved


    why can we not regenerate limbs yet?

    with all the war vets missing limbs and enumerable congential cases
    like this why do we not yet know how to trigger regrowth in a limb.

    this needs to be a focus for near term bio development
    figure out how to turn on the regeneration genes (like lizards with tails)

    make it happen - make the world better

  • by Bartles ( 1198017 ) on Thursday December 31, 2015 @03:35PM (#51217701)
    These don't seem to work as well as the short legs. It's looks like they take more effort, and his top speed is reduced. The moment arms are too long for his shoulder muscles.

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