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3D Systems and Rita Leibinger Medical Get Disabled Dogs Back on their Feet Fast with 3D Printed Titanium Implants

Posted by Jacob Russo on 3/11/2015 to News
3D Systems and Rita Leibinger Medical Get Disabled Dogs Back on their Feet Fast with 3D Printed Titanium Implants
3D Systems and Rita Leibinger Medical Get Disabled Dogs Back on their Feet Fast with 3D Printed Titanium Implants

More than 10,000 disabled dogs are now able to run faster, jump higher and play harder - thanks to 3D printed metal orthopedic knee implants that 3D Systems manufactured for Rita Leibinger Medical.

Digitally designed and 3D fabricated titanium implants empower veterinarians to compress the treatment-to-recovery cycle of a common, but difficult-to-solve problem in dogs’ legs, underscoring the power of 3D printing to improve the quality of life for all.

Watch the video to see how 3DS’ printing capabilities help disabled dogs to walk and run freely, just six weeks after surgery.


The patent pending TTA RAPID™ (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) implant effectively repairs damage to cruciate ligaments in dogs’ hind legs caused by trauma, degeneration or genetics. This revolutionary treatment begins with a 3D printed implant that is inserted into the dog’s lower leg, reorganizing the mechanical forces of the bones and creating dynamic knee stability without the need to repair the damaged ligament. In success, dogs – from Jack Russells to Great Danes – are able to walk and run freely six weeks after surgery.

The key to this ground breaking implant’s success is its complex, open structure that promotes rapid bone ingrowth, with less risk of infection. Rita Leibinger Medical teamed up with 3DS to manufacture these proprietary titanium implants in its state-of-the-art healthcare manufacturing facility in Leuven, Belgium, while the surgical technique was perfected in collaboration with Dr. Yves Samoy from Ghent University in Belgium.

From implants to prosthetics, 3DS’ personalized medical solutions are helping provide favorable outcomes and improving the quality of life for all – whether man or man’s best friend. Watch a recent video of how 3DS got Derby the Dog up and running for the first time on 3D printed custom prosthetics.

Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at www.3DSysTech.com.


Source: 3D Systems

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