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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Reasons to Be Cheerful (Part 3)

Feel good story time, in this instance it involves an unfortunate turtle and some 3D printing but it ends happily ever after.

Turkish animal rescuers found an almost lifeless turtle at sea, after a boat propeller shaved off a huge part of its snout. It escaped the clutches of death thanks to those kind folks, but a turtle that has to be hand-fed can never survive back in the wild. That's why the organization contacted 3D printing service provider BTech Innovation, which took the turtle's CT scans to create a beak that would fit it perfectly.

Link: HERE


The company recreated the reptile's upper and lower jaws through software, and it printed out the resulting design using medical-grade titanium. That beak has been surgically attached recently so the turtles still in recovery, but it's doing fine, as you can see in the video below. Once it's done recovering, the rescuers plan to release back to the ocean to live a normal turtley life.