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3-D Printed Wheels For a Disabled Puppy

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 21, 2014 01:01 AM
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by Promila Shastri last modified Aug 20, 2014

The story of TurboRoo, a disabled Indianapolis chihuahua puppy, has gone viral, and why not? It’s a heartwarming story about an impossibly cute pup, to be sure, but also illustrates the quick, relatively inexpensive ‘greater good’ possibilities inherent in 3-D printing technology. Born without front legs, TurboRoo’s breeder had the foresight to take — Continue reading …




 

 

turboroo-3D-printed-wheel-chair-designboom-03The story of TurboRoo, a disabled Indianapolis chihuahua puppy, has gone viral, and why not? It’s a heartwarming story about an impossibly cute pup, to be sure, but also illustrates the quick, relatively inexpensive ‘greater good’ possibilities inherent in 3-D printing technology.

Born without front legs, TurboRoo’s breeder had the foresight to take him to a veterinary hospital, where his charms got him immediately adopted by hospital technician Ashley Looper. Looper launched an online fundraising campaign to help find TurboRoo a mobile option, and fortune smiled in the guise of Mark Deadrick, a San Diego mechanical engineer and president of the 3D design company 3dyn, who saw the campaign.

With the aid of a 3D rendering program and 3D printer, Deadrick designed and fabricated a mobile cart for little TurboRoo. “I just did some thumbnail measurements from photos and spent about 20 minutes designing a cart, hit print on one of our 3D printers and let it run for 4 hours,” Deadrick says. “I figured some inline wheels would have the least amount of resistance and would be easily obtained, so a trip to the sporting goods store was probably the most time consuming part.” Skateboard wheels were attached, and both the contraption and TurboRoo were on their way. If that’s not a feel-good design solution, we can’t say what is.

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