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Freddy the Tortoise Survives Injury After Receiving World's First 3D Printed Shell

Freddy was found in a bad way...
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Normally a tortoise with injuries as severe as Freddy's wouldn't survive, but through his fighting spirit and with the aid of 3D printing he's managed to survive after getting caught in a bush fire in Brazil. Overcoming all the odds and thanks to a pioneering group of individuals Freddy is now the proud owner of the world's first 3D printed shell.

According to Designer Cicero Moraes, a volunteer of the Sao Paulo based group, Freddy is the first animal in the world to receive a fully rebuilt shell using 3D computer software. The shell was created based on various images taken of Freddy and then sent to Dr Paulo Miamoto, a dental surgeon, who then used a 3D printer to create Freddy's shell. As you can see from the pictures below, he's more than happy with it - it's a perfect fit!

Things were looking bleak for Freddy the tortoise after he was badly injured in a Bush fire

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His shell was badly damaged so a group of volunteers got together and set about making him a new one

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Using 3D software and various images taken of Freddy they set about designing a new shell

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Which was then 3D printed. Turns out it was a perfect fit, although it needed a little colour!

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So the team hand painted Freddy's shell to make it look as realistic as possible

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And now he's the proud owner of a new shell!

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The four vets, one dental surgeon and 3D designer that made Freddy's shell call themselves The Animal Avengers

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Because their heroic efforts mean that Freddy can look forward to a long and happy future!

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Watch Freddy rocking his new shell here:

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