Although the 3D printing world is dominated by decor items, the Animal Care Center Ipiranga in São Paulo helped to give a macaw a second chance at a normal life. Through the work of the Center, facial reconstruction specialist Cicero Moraes and veterinary dentist Paul Miamoto, Gigi the macaw received a 3D-printed titanium beak implant.
The intricate process was carried out in order to repair the bird's beak and offer a trusted way to help enhance the life of the bird. Titanium was chosen for the lightweight, rustproof durability it offers and was printed to exact specifications before being implanted on the bird.
With 3D-printed prosthetics being close to implementation in the human healthcare field, this procedure to repair the beak of a macaw shows how powerful the technology is becoming.