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Disabled Duck Has 3D Printed Foot

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Originally Published on: 7/4/2013

  A disabled duck in Tennessee is getting a new foot, hot off the printer.   This is Buttercup.   He was born with an inverted foot, a birth defect so painful his foot had to be amputated.    But Mike Garey, who owns the water fowl sanctuary where Buttercup lives, hatched a plan to help him.   Buttercup's sister modeled her foot so Garey could create a 3-D computer image.   A company in Nashville then donated its 3-D printing services to produce a plastic replica.    And, finally, Garey used the hard plastic model to create a mold to make a more flexible version that slipped onto his leg like a boot.   And as you can see, Buttercup took to it like a duck to water!
   
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