Brave Penguin Can Waddle Again After Getting Custom-Made Bootie, Thanks to 3D Printing
Look who’s waddling now!
A local 3D Systems’ partner, the ACT Group, then created a new and improved lightweight, custom-fit bootie specially designed for Purps.
“The process began when 3D Systems’ scanned the cast in a form of her foot using the 3D scanner and design,” Derek Johnson, 3D Systems Product Manager, told InsideEdition.com.
According to Johnson, 3D Printing refers to ‘three-dimensional design from nothing.’ 3D Printers slice designs in multiple layers and in various ways.
“The ACT Group has a relationship with the aquarium and the middle school,” said Johnson. “The students were able to put other designs on the cast, including a tread to help the penguin with flexibility.”
Purps’ mobility improved dramatically with the new boot and the students were taught how to develop and design with 3D Systems’ Capture 3D Scanner.
“The printing technology, which includes the 3D Scanner, ProJet, and multi-material printing, opens up many opportunities for prototyping,” Johnson said. “It worked well in this particular situation.”