A group just saved an injured turtle using the first 3D printed shell

The creation of 3D printed objects has achieved great success lately, such that this technique has been applied to even the making of human tissues, this is an impressive advancement in technology such that Adam Feinberg, a biomedical engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, said “You’re going to see a lot of exciting advances over the next year or two that will push this from the realm of science fiction into something that’s close to impacting patients,” well, not just patients, even animals.

A group of engineers and innovative surgeons from São Paulo, called The Animal Avengers, have just used 3D printing to restore a turtle’s shell, it’s shell was created using 3D printing, this is the world’s first 3D printed shell!

Freddy, as the turtle is called, lost part of its shell during a forest fire in Brazil, the turtle was then handed over to the designer Cicero Moraes and Dr. Paulo Miamoto, Cicero designed the shell by reconstructing a 3D computer image based on several images he took of the turtle. After which he sent the design to Dr Paulo Miamoto, a dental surgeon, who turned the design into reality with the use of a 3D printer. The shell was painted in a way which gave the tortoise its original and natural appearance and helped save it also.

Freddy was the first tortoise in the world to receive a fully rebuilt hull and the first creature that we, as a newly formed group of animal rescuers, decided to help

Designer Cicero Moraes

Although the chances of Freddy surviving this accident was slim, thanks to 3D printing, this turtle is now the proud benefactor of the world’s first 3D printed shell! and will live longer than expected.


3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.



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