June 27, 2013 AT 7:00 am

Disabled Duck Gets 3D Printed Foot #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Disabled Duck Gets 3D Printed Foot, on the Shapeways Blog:

Meet Buttercup!  He was born with a backwards foot, but thanks to 3D printing, now he will be walking with a prosthetic foot!

Buttercup’s owner, a software engineer by trade, saw his struggle and teamed up with 3D printing company, Novacompany.  After looking at photos of Buttercup’s sister’s foot, they were able to design a solution. 

Although the plastics typically used in 3D printing are not flexible enough for walking, a mold was made and is being used to create a silicone foot. 

This lucky duck will be walking in his new prosthetic in a few weeks–all because of 3D printing technology!  Awesome!

Read more.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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