Beauty and the beak

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - GOOD BUSINESS -

This is the be­fore and af­ter shot of Beauty the Bald ea­gle, who was shot in the beak and re­ceived a pi­o­neer­ing 3D- printed pros­thetic beak. Her top beak had been shot off by a poacher and she had been left to die. Rap­tor bi­ol­o­gist Janie Veltkamp brought Beauty from Alaska to her rap­tor cen­tre, Birds of Prey North­west in Idaho in co- op­er­a­tion with the US Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice. There Veltkamp and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Nate Calvin, vet­eri­nar­i­ans and den­tists, spent hun­dreds of vol­un­teer hours de­sign­ing, mak­ing and test­ing a bionic beak that al­lowed Beauty to preen her feath­ers and eat and drink on her own. The suc­cess of the 3D beak has drawn in­ter­est from groups around the world in­clud­ing sci­en­tists, engi­neers and 3D printer users, says Veltkamp in a story that cap­tures both the cru­elty and com­pas­sion of mankind. De­tails, www.bird­sof­preynorth­

It’s not just Beauty ben­e­fit­ting from 3D tech­nol­ogy. But­ter­cup and Phillip the ducks and Foghorn the rooster have all got new feet, cour­tesy of 3D print­ing. So did Felix the sheep and Derby the Husky. Robo Tur­tle got some highly cus­tom­ized pros­thetic jaws, fel­low tur­tles Augie and Stumpy got new feet and Cleopa­tra got a new shell. Gre­cia the horn­bill got a new top to her beak, and Holly the horse got her­self a new pair of high-fash­ion 3D printed ti­ta­nium horse-shoes to al­le­vi­ate her lamini­tis and the beau­ti­ful gin­ger tabby cat Cyrano L. Catte II got him­self a new knee joint. Not to be out­done, Tur­boRoo the Chi­huahua got him­self some 3D printed wheels and now there’s no stop­ping him.

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