British one-legged parrot loaded with the world's first 3D printed prosthesis

Mr Ben is a parrot from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. This parrot was once so unfortunate that it lost a leg. Lorraine Hollingworth, manager of Charlie's Angels Parrot Rescue Center and now its new owner, said: "Mr Ben came to us in the summer because its owner couldn't handle it. We don't think it was Amputated because its broken leg is not so neat. Poor Mr Ben was particularly bad at the time, its broken limbs had festered because of friction, and it couldn’t sleep well because every time it slumbered It will lose balance."

To help the 8-year-old cockatoo get out of trouble, Lorraine found bird expert Steve Smith. Smith believes that this parrot needs to install a prosthetic first. To this end, he contacted 3D Print UK, a 3D printing company in South London, who was pleased to offer help.

British one-legged parrot loaded with the world's first 3D printed prosthesis

Jason Pereira of 3D Print UK and his colleague Fred Standeven designed and manufactured a prosthetic for the parrot in 3D. “We are excited to face this challenge. We have never received such a request before,” Pereira said. This may be the first prosthesis in the UK for 3D printing of parrots.

Lorraine and Smith made a mold for Mr Ben's leg and sent it to 3D Print UK, which designed a 3D printed parrot prosthesis based on its size data. “For better design, we spent a lot of time watching videos about cockatoos,” Pereira said.

British one-legged parrot loaded with the world's first 3D printed prosthesis

When the first 3D printed prosthesis was fitted, the state of Mr Ben was significantly improved. "It finally got a good night's sleep, and the mental state is much better. It doesn't even bite me anymore," Lorraine said.

But curiosity conquered the cockatoo Mr Ben, after four days of prosthetic limbs, that is, last week, it bit the 3D printed prosthesis.

British one-legged parrot loaded with the world's first 3D printed prosthesis

To this end, the engineer Standeven returned to the computer and prepared to come up with a more reliable design. "Mr Ben has managed to get rid of the first prototype, so we are now making some changes to solve this problem and make it stronger," Standeven said.

British one-legged parrot loaded with the world's first 3D printed prosthesis

Lorraine said: "I hope we can achieve our goals. Even though I have bitten off my new claws, Mr Ben absolutely likes it."

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