Cat walks again thanks to additively manufactured prosthetics

November 12, 2021

Additively manufactured titanium paw prosthetics produced on Eplus3D AM machines (Courtesy Beihang University)

An injured cat has received additively manufactured titanium prosthetics, enabling it to walk, run and climb stairs again, following an accident that resulted in the loss of both front paws. A team of medical professionals, led by Dr Wang Chao at the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Biomedical Engineering in China’s Beihang University, used Additive Manufacturing machines from Eplus3D, Hangzhou, China, to manufacture the new prosthetics for the injured cat.

The team chose AM due to the technology’s ability to realise precise, complicated shapes, both externally and internally. Using biocompatible titanium, additively manufactured prosthetic limbs can meet the requirements typically required of a bone and can help cats (and people) recover quicker.

X-ray of the fitted prosthetic titanium mount (Courtesy Beihang University)

The customised limbs worked well on the cat, who was reported to have recovered quickly from the operation. It can now walk and run normally again.

Aside from prosthetic limbs, Eplus3D has worked in other aspects of the medical sector, including additively manufacturing spinal implants, customised surgical instruments, and titanium cochlear aids.

www.eplus3d.com

www.ev.buaa.edu.cn

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF
 

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Transforming access to medical implants with PrinterPrezz
  • Lessons from 2021’s Olympic bike crash
  • Xerox liquid metal AM
  • Additive Manufacturing for oil, gas and maritime
  • Multi-material metal parts by Powder Bed Fusion
  • Findings from Wohlers Report 2022
  • The challenge of grain size: X-ray powder diffraction analysis of parts made by metal AM

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

News from the industry…

    News from the industry…

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news

    All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

    Browse the archive

    qweqw

    Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

    Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

    • AM machines
    • Process monitoring & calibration
    • Heat treatment & sintering
    • HIP systems & services
    • Pre- & post-processing technology
    • Powders, powder production and analysis
    • Part manufacturers
    • Consulting, training & market data
    Download PDF
    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap