A duck named, Phillip lost both of his feet due to frostbite throughout the severe winter in Wisconsin this year. But because of a generous stranger along with some 3D printing, he is currently ready to walk easily again.
After attempting to take care of the disabled goose, Phillip was taken in by Vicki Rabe-Harrison from Pickett, Wisconsin. Vicki realized that the duck could be beyond rehab and begun looking into getting him put down. By chance, Vicki discovered the 3D printing videos of a nearby middle-school technology and design teacher, Jason Jischke. In a last ditch effort, sheemailed him to see and determine if there is any opportunity his 3D printer might be used to help.
However, while Mr Jischke had previously started publishing custom’s set duck shoes following the message, he did not inform that Vicki’s help was on its way until it was almost too late.
We literally were an hour away from putting him down when I got the call from Jason,” Vicki Rabe-Harrison told local news station WBAY.
It’s been a procedure of trial and error with many prototypes, but Phillip is just about getting used to the feet. Vicki is also confident that Phillip will be able to comfortably walk, waddle and even swim once he gets used with his new kicks.
He picked it up real fast, and I’m sure he’ll learn to balance again and be able to waddle around with all the other ducks,” Vicki added.
This isn’t the very first time that 3D printing has supplied a helping hand to those creatures in need. The capability to modify supplies and designs makes 3D printing a well known option for making prosthetics. Previously, the method are used to produce prosthetic leg blades for a dog, a wheelchair for an adorable cat, a new beak for an injured toucan in Brazil, and wheels for a cute two-legged dog named Tumbles.