3D Printing Technology Saves Tortoise That Was Severely Injured In A Brush Fire

Freddy the tortoise

Things weren’t looking very good for Freddy the tortoise who was severely injured in a brush fire in Brazil. The chances of survival for the reptile was basically non-existent until a group of surgeons, named the Animal Avengers, stepped in and built a prosthetic shell using 3D computer imagery.

‘Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help,’ said designer Cicero Moraes.

‘To design the hull I took a series of pictures from all angles of Freddy as well as photos of a healthy tortoise to compare, added Moraes. ‘Then I reconstructed a 3D computer imaging model of the complete shell using the tortoise’s exact measurements.’

Thanks to the wonderful team involved in the project, Freddy has been given a second chance at life and regained full mobility.

Check out the pictures and video of the process below.

Freddy before his new hull

Freddy before his new hull

Glimpse at the 3D Process

Building Freddy's New Shell

See the video in its entirety

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