Thanks to cutting-edge 3-D printing technology, an Australian dog will be able to run and play without pain for the first time since he was a puppy.
Named “Ziggy,” the border collie was found abandoned in 2014 with a deformed front leg, according to the University of Queensland Australia. Veterinarians were able to remove the leg and soon after students adopted the puppy.
“They helped with 3-D modelling so our students were exposed to the latest surgical planning techniques,” McGhie said on the University of Queensland website. “CT scan images of Ziggy’s leg were used to create computerised and printed three-dimensional models of his limb. These models were then used to calculate where the bone had to be cut and how it had to be manipulated to straighten the limb so Ziggy could walk normally.”
The power of technology (and printing!) is just getting bigger and better in our world.