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3D-Printing Technology Was Used To Replace The Skull Of a Dog With Cancer

Researchers at an Ontario university used 3D-printing technology to replace the majority of a dog's skull in what's believed to be the first surgery of its kind. The owner of Patches, a 9-year-old dachshund, said the dog had a brain tumour the size of an orange that would have been fatal if not treated.

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Using 3D printed prosthetics, Derby the dog can now walk and run for the first time in his life.

He was born with small forearms and no front paws like a furry little T-Rex, and he could only move around on soft surfaces as a result of the deformity.

So 3D Systems created some new legs for him using a 3D scanner and a multi-material 3D printer that could build both the sturdy base and comfortable rubber cups.

“He runs with Sherri and I every day, at least two to three miles,” said his owner Dom Portanova. “When I saw him sprinting like that on his new legs it was just amazing.”

Watch him in action in the video above.

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