The wonders of 3D printing seem to be almost limitless, and we love that the technology is used so often to help animals. From miraculous replacement limbs for both people and animals to housing for those in a underdeveloped nations and tools in space, the technology is being proven over and over again. Now, a sea turtle who was injured by a boat propeller off the coast of Turkey has been given a replacement jaw that was 3D-printed. The turtle may now be able to return to sea life and feed itself as a result. The turtle was found nearly lifeless, floating in the water with his beak shattered when it was brought to Dalyan Iztuzu Pamukkale University (PAU), Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Workers there fed the animal by hand and gave it medical attention, but couldn’t figure out how to release the animal back into the wild without a working jaw. Turkey’s medical 3D printing company BTech heard about the turtle and came up with a plan. Working with veterinarians and surgeons, they created a powerful jaw for the turtle out of medical-grade titanium.
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