How 3D-printed prosthetics helped a disabled dog run for the first time

Derby the dog with 3D printed prosthetics

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Derby is hitting his stride at last.

Probably the best measure of a technology’s value is whether it can be used to improve the lives of awesome dogs. And in that light, 3D printing just scored a major, heartwarming victory.

Below, you’ll meet Derby, a sweet pooch born with deformed legs. Though he was able to get around with the help of a wheeled cart, Tara Anderson, a director of project management at 3D Systems, knew her company could provide him and his owners with a less cumbersome solution. Still, nobody was prepared for how much he’d love his new prosthetics.

Now that he’s running a few miles a day, Derby’s living up to his name—we’d bet on him to win any race by a cold, wet nose.

Photo via 3D Systems/YouTube   

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'