It’s truly incredible what 3D printing is doing, not only for human beings, but for the animal kingdom as well.
The story all started in Golden, Colorado, at Canyon Critters Rescue, a company which focuses their efforts on reducing the area’s abandoned critters as well as educating the public about proper and responsible reptile ownership. Nicola “Nico” Novelli, the founder of Canyon Critters, started taking in rescued animals when he worked at the L.A. County Animal Control, in order to save them from euthanization. One animal, a tortoise named Cleopatra, who was living with a painful and perhaps dangerous condition, was among these lucky creatures.
“Tortoises, when they have poor nutrition and people feed them the wrong foods, they get what is called peaking or pyramiding [a metabolic bone disease] on their shell which sticks up and when the tortoises play and mate they climb on each other,” Novelli explained to 3DPrint.com. “When they do that, all the weight falls on those peaks, and wears them out. I wanted to protect those areas because once the shell is worn off they are susceptible to infection and bacteria on the inside.”
Although Novelli was able to fix Cleopatra’s poor diet, he wanted to do more to help the teenage turtle. At one of the public education programs that Novelli holds to support his rescue, he had made comments about an idea that he came up with to 3D print a shell which could be placed over the top of Cleopatra’s own shell for protection.
from the Colorado Technical University happened to be in attendance and offered to help him realize this innovative idea.
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