November 10, 2015. Tumbles at his first wheelchair fitting! I think it's so cute and funny when Little Silly tips forward on his cute little nose! :-D Karen Pilcher, Angela Marx, Michele Summers Friends of the Shelter Dogs The Ohio University Innovation Center made his wheelchair using a 3D printer! It took about 14 HOURS print!***NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AT THIS TIME.***Posted by Crystal Richmond on Thursday, November 12, 2015
An adorable two-legged puppy is now more mobile than ever thanks to his 3-D printed wheelchair.
The pup in question, Tumbles, was born without his two front legs earlier this year. In an interview with ABC News, Tumbles' foster mother explains that the dog weighed a mere 1.5 pounds when he was born, and had to be bottle-fed for over a week.
Over the past six weeks, he learned to haphazardly use his nose as a front limb of sorts, but a veterinarian suggested that Tumbles be outfitted with front wheels in order to strengthen his hind legs.
Crafted by the Ohio University Innovation Center, Tumbles' new set of wheels reportedly took 14 hours to print using a Stratasys Objet350 Connex, an eight-headed printer that the university boasts is the "largest and most sophisticated 3D printer in the region."
In a Facebook post, Tumbles' caretakers at Friends of the Shelter Dogs explain that the prototype cart's design needs to be further refined in order to accommodate the dog's small frame. Tumbles will also need to undergo several weeks of physical therapy before he can locomote efficiently.