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Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Science |

Repaired the peak of a bald eagle with a 3D printer

Repaired the peak of a bald eagle with a 3D printer

(C) Jane Fink Cantwell / Birds of Prey Northwest

In 2005, a hunter in Alaska shot him in the face of a bald nicknamed ‘Beauty’, which irreversibly damaged the bird’s beak to match could not feed herself.

The organization Northwest Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey in English) took care of the bird after being rescued from the brink of starvation, and must feed tube and subsequently force for years, so a team of scientists, engineers and even a dentist, began designing a pick to replace synthetic nylon upper jaw ‘Beauty’.

To design the prosthesis was modeled in a 3D program, which was subsequently made with a and after an arduous process to install, ‘Beauty’ was able to return to eating, drinking and cleanse itself again.

Although the prosthesis is not as secure as for re-release back to the wild, anyway gives more autonomy not previously possessed, and the method could serve as a basis for better prosthetics for wildlife in the future.

Links:
Restoring Beauty – video (The Guardian)
Injured bald eagle gets new 3-D printed beak (Grist)
The failed prosthesis Bald Eagle (The World)

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