Tortoise Burned In Fire Receives World’s First 3D-Printed Shell

A tortoise caught in a bushfire in Brazil tragically lost his shell and was fighting for his life until a team of volunteers created the world’s first 3D-printed tortoise shell.


They photographed Freddy the tortoise from all angles and designed the shell using computer imaging technology that would fit Freddy perfectly.

3d tortoise

After Cicero completed the design stage, Dr Paolo Miamoto, a dental surgeon, used a 3D printer to make the design a reality.


The awesome volunteers have also reconstructed beaks for three toucans, a parrot, and a goose, and even designed the first ever titanium prosthetic pecker for a macaw.



Freddy looks very pleased with his new shell (and he’s glad he’s not naked anymore).

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