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3D-printed foot helps disabled duck walk again

3D-printed foot helps disabled duck walk again

We see a lot of cool things in the 3D printing world, but this is definitely a first. A software engineer 3D-printed a duck foot that allowed one disabled duck to begin walking properly after the little creature suffered from a backward foot that made getting around painful and difficult. The duck was born with the backward foot, but after being given to Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary, Buttercup (as he's called) is able to walk freely.

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3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, is the handiwork of Jake Evill, and could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options.

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3D printing gets squishy with new materials from Materialise and Shapeways

3D printing gets squishy with new materials from Materialise and Shapeways

Two different groups have announced their own unique kind of 3D printing material today, one of them from Materialise, the other from Shapeways. While the Materialise material is a bit more of a bendable material the company suggests could be made into such objects as purses and flexible piggy banks, Shapeways material is much more of a "squishy" sort of situation. While the difference between the two may seen slight to those who've not had the chance to experience either, we can't stop our brains from pouring out the possibilities - squishy, squishy possibilities.

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