3D printing’s additive manufacturing process has been used in recent years to create prosthetics for humans. Pawsthetics brought the technology to animal prosthetics. The nonprofit recently launched their fall fundraising campaign to take the technology to the next level in order to further help animals in need. Learn more here.
We’ve seen 3D printing create batteries, toys, skin, and more. Now, the next 3D printed innovation comes in the form of prosthetics for pets. In 2014, nonprofit organization Pawsthetics Animal Prosthetics saw an opportunity to help a little dog named Turbo who received a 3D printed cart to get around. From there, Pawsthetics has utilized 3D CAD, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and even freehand design to develop functional prosthetics for animals including tortoises, cats, and dogs; even some animals in Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Pawsthetics is also launching a new initiative to work with schools in the United States to teach students how to design and develop their own Pawsthetic devices for disabled animals in their area.
The organization is taking research costs for prosthetic technologies, as well as helping owners and rescue shelters raise funds for some of its projects. In an effort to keep developing technologies and solutions to improve animals’ lives, Finesilver and Pawsthetics just launched the Fall Fund Raiser on GoFundMe. The goal of the campaign is to raise general funding in order to take care of the many inquiries it receives for free, by expanding its staff of paid and volunteer advisors.
If you’re interested in donating to Pawsthetics or want to learn more, click here.