Prosthetic Limbs 3D Printed For a Dog

17 December, 2014

As a little bit of Christmas compassion just in time for the holidays, I present a story currently making the rounds about Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped forepaws. On account of his deformity, he could not move about on anything other than smooth surfaces without injuring his lower body.

Thanks to 3D printing, 3D Systems‘ own Geomagic Sculpt software, and a little ingenuity from his owner, Derby now has two artificial forepaws which allow him to stand up and run for the first time in his life.

The full article can be found over at

io9 article – 3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into a Cyborg

Hmmm… veterinary prosthetics. Now that’s an unusual specialty.


Jack Meyer

Bespoke jewellery designer, and specialist in jewellery CAD/CAM and emergent technologies that affect jewellery.

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2 Comments Prosthetic Limbs 3D Printed For a Dog

  1. I Have a 3 legged Dog . She is missing half of her Back leg . I would like some more contac information , Thank you

    1. Hi Hope.

      Hmmm… This particular set of prosthetics was created directly by 3D Systems themselves.

      Since then, however, it seems mostly universities and individual product designers themselves have taken it on as projects. There doesn’t seem to be any particular company taking the lead at the moment for providing this service to pet owners.

      Perhaps contacting 3D Systems to see what they say might be a start?

      Apologies I cannot be of more help at the moment. I’ll do some more digging, but it’s turning out to be trickier than I thought to find your answer.



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