Bionic turtle offers glimpse into future of 3-D printing

An endangered loggerhead sea turtle injured in a boating accident off the coast of Turkey has been given a lifesaving prosthetic jaw that offers a glimpse of how 3-D printing is revolutionizing veterinary care. A sea turtle rescue group at Pamukkale University in Turkey sheltered the animal, which had an injured jaw that prevented it from eating. A biotech company called BTech Innovation then used a 3-D printer to create a titanium jaw, restoring the turtle's ability to eat. Thanks to a steep decline in the cost of 3-D printers, the technology is being adopted by veterinary groups around the world, which are using it to create prosthetic legs and feet for injured pets. But the researchers in Turkey believe theirs is the first bionic jaw created for a wild animal. Article

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