Rescue dog gets 'new lease of life' with 3D printed leg

24.02.2018

A dog that could hardly walk has been given a new lease of life after a 3D printed leg was made for him by CBM, a research company established by UWTSD.

Rescue dog Duke, an Irish retriever, was born with a birth defect in his front right leg and faced having it amputated.

But he is now running around after CBM made him a leg similar to blades used by Paralympians.

New owner Phil Brown, from Bristol, said it had been "life changing".

When Duke was found abandoned by the Irish Retriever Rescue (IRR) charity in Ireland in 2016, his paw was deformed and he could not walk on all fours.

He was taken to the pound and rehomed with foster owners the Browns, who have since adopted him as their own as they could not bear to part with the loveable pooch.

After a massive fundraising campaign by the charity Duke has been fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthetic by CBM, after narrowly avoiding having his foot amputated.

His new owner said Duke, who is now three, was delighted by his new "super leg" which meant he was walking on four paws for the first time.

Mr Brown, who owns other dogs which Duke is enjoying playing with, said: "He had a very tough start in life.

"This is an absolute life changer for him, it really is. He can now walk on it, he can now run at a slow speed."

Mr Brown said the three-dimensional leg was about a year in a making, and a few months down the line Duke is getting so much use out of it he has already had to have it refurbished.

The leg was entirely printed out of a machine apart from a rubber foot, some Velcro and foam at the top to make it more comfortable for Duke.

CBM product designer Benjamin Alport said creating Duke's leg was a real challenge for the team, who worked with his new owner and a consultant orthopaedic surgeon on the design.

"We had to go down and assess Duke. We had to consider right down to the thickness of the hairs because you have to take into account the smallest things," he said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-43169494

 

http://www.cbmwales.co.uk/3d-printed-bespoke-canine-prosthesis/

 

Note to Editor

CBM is a commercially focused advanced research, product development, and batch manufacturing facility.

CBM’s unique offering is delivered via an experienced development team, utilising state-of-the-art technology platform’s which includes 3D printing, scanning and low volume manufacturing.

The Wales Centre For Advanced Batch Manufacture, known as CBM has been jointly established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and is a core component of the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, driving innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship among companies engaged in new product development and low-volume manufacture.

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