Watch a dog born with deformed legs run with new 3-D printed prosthetic paws

Go Derby!

Published December 17, 2014 6:40PM (EST)


When Derby, a husky mix, was born with congenitally deformed legs, he could barely walk, let alone run. Luckily, an employee from printing company 3D Systems, Tara Anderson, decided to foster him and put two and two together and make the dog prosthetic paws.

"The beauty of 3D printing is that if the design needs to be adjusted, we don't have to wait for time-consuming and expensive traditional manufacturing processes, we can simply print out a new set," said Buddy Byrum, a vice president at 3DS in a press release. The company was able to print the prosthetics within hours.

"He runs with Sherri and myself every day, at least two to three miles," said his new forever owner, Dom Portanova (Sherri is his wife). "When I saw him sprinting like that on his new legs it was just amazing."

Watch the video below.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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