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Tortoise gets new shell, thanks to 3D printing

A team of vets in Brazil has come up with a novel use for 3D printing by producing a whole new shell for a tortoise that was injured in a fire. 3D design ace Cicero Moraes couldn’t just copy the damaged shell. He had to reconstruct the design by analysing healthy turtles, photographing Freddy and then constructing a CAD design of a healthy hull to fit his frame.

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Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help. To design the hull, a series of pictures from all angles of Freddy as well as photos of a healthy tortoise to compare were taken.

The final design was printed from four separate pieces of corn plastic. That means Freddy has a lightweight version of his previous shell that is essentially bone and keratin. That’s the same substance that makes up human hair, but in this compacted form it is much heavier than Freddy’s thoroughly modern alternative.

3D Print Models

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3D Print Models






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