Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3-D printed jaw helps injured sea turtle eat again

Sea Turtle prosth jaw.jpg
 
Today’s post comes from Foxnews.com:
 

Scientists say a sea turtle injured by a boat propeller may soon be able to return to the ocean, thanks to a metal beak created with 3-D printing, BBC.com reported.

Staff at the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, nursed the injured 99-pound sea turtle back to health, but they realized the reptile would need a new beak if it was ever going to be self-sufficient at sea, as its jaws had been sheared off in the accident.

According to the BBC, the rehabilitation center reached out to Turkish company BTech Innovation, which creates customized medical prosthetics and implants for humans, to see if they could do the same for the turtle.

From the pic above, it looks like they did a pretty amazing job!

For the full story, follow this link.  

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