3D Printed Duck's Foot

3D Printed Duck's FootButtercup the duck was born with his left foot turned backwards, making it nearly impossible and extremely painful to walk. But now he’s waddling again with a 3D-printed foot. Buttercup was born in a high school biology lab in November. Because of his bum foot he was given to Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Arlington, Tennessee. The organization’s Mike Garey, a software engineer, adopted Buttercup, and began searching out solutions to get Buttercup walking again. He landed on 3D modeling company, NovaCopy, which 3D printed Buttercup a brand new webbed foot, based on photos of Buttercup’s sister Minnie’s left foot. NovaCopy knew that traditional plastic used in a lot of 3D printers wouldn’t work because the material is too stiff. Instead, it created a mould that was used to cast a more malleable silicone foot for Buttercup.

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