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CNET: 3D printing gives disabled duck Dudley a new leg

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It was created by Terence Loring of 3 Pillar Designs, a company that specializes in 3D-printing architectural prototypes. Loring heard of Dudley’s plight through a friend and — with Buttercup’s story undoubtedly echoing in his head — decided to see what he could do to help.

The first limb Loring designed has a jointed construction, and was fully 3D-printed in plastic by Proto3000 in Canada. When Dudley put it on, the limb broke and Dudley fell over, so Loring went back to the drawing board for a one-piece model with no joints, printed in a softer plastic.

When the new foot was put on Dudley, he started walking straight away, no hesitation. However, the plastic causes friction sores — a problem Buttercup’s owner, Mike Garey, solved with a silicone sock and prosthetic gel liner.

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