It was only a short matter of time the breakthroughs and strides we've made in 3-D printing extended to man's best friend. Derby, a dog born with deformed front legs, can now run and sit upright just like any other pup thanks to a pair of printed prosthetic legs.
These are actually the second pair of prosthetics for Derby. His first set, produced by 3D Systems a year ago, positioned him very close to the ground so he could learn to walk and run without injuring himself. But now Derby was ready for an upgrade. To straighten out his back, engineers first tried to fit him with a larger version of his original prosthetics, but they proved to be too big and bulky for the Husky mix. The 3D Systems team eventually turned to a completely different printing process, laser sintering, that would provide the same bend and flexibility. Derby's new, fully redesigned prosthetics offer the same kind of give as an actual knee. Now he can walk and comfortably sit around just like other dogs.
Check out some other animals making the most of their disabilities:
Handicapped animals, disabled animals
Thanks to 3-D printing, this husky just got new legs
Handicapped dogs called 'Pitzi', left, and 'Doll' walk with their wheelchairs during a parade in Lima, Sunday, July 15, 2007. The parade was organized to promote orphaned pets' adoption and rights. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Handicapped cat 'Brigitta' uses her walking frame on April 27, 2013 in Celle, central Germany. 'Brigitta' is no more able to move her hind legs since she was wounded by an air rifle. A supporter of an aid organization for stray animals was so touched by Brigitta's fate that she decided to bring the animal from Bulgaria to Celle and to have built the walker. AFP PHOTO / HOLGER HOLLEMANN / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read HOLGER HOLLEMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
A handicapped Chihuahua dog is dressed up as a taco truck during that covers his harness, during the 4th annual 'Running of the Chihuahuas' in Washington, DC on May 3, 2015. The annual Chihuahua event marks the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo celebrated on May 5th. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 photo, Mary Dow, a volunteer with Independent Animal Rescue in Durham, holds a rescued cat named Sage in Chapel Hill, N.C. Sage is missing a rear leg due to an amputation. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A handicapped dog called 'baby' walks with its wheelchair during a parade in Lima, Sunday, July 15, 2007. The parade was organized to promote orphaned pets' adoption and rights. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
A handicapped dog plays at Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 'BETA' charitable organisation K9 shelter in the village of Monteverde east of Beirut on September 15, 2010. BETA has the only K9 shelter in Lebanon and it is the only one which has a non-kill policy in the Middle-East. The dogs picked up from the streets, or abused by their owners wait at the shelter for adoption. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
A disabled dog in a neckerchief with writing "Adopt me" is taken to a gathering to demand establishment of a government department to protect dogs and cats from their owners who abused or dumped the animals in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The organizer said animal abuse is a serious problem in Taiwan and authorities must take steps to protect animal rights. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
This picture taken on March 16, 2015 shows 8 month old cat Hei Hudie meaning 'black butterfly' sniffing cat food as it stands with a special walking aid in a pet hospital in China's southwest Chongqing municipality. With the help of some good Samaritans, Hei Hudie had four surgeries within five months after it fell from the tenth floor of a building, and finally managed to live on with both of its hind legs disabled. Doctors equiped the cat with a special wheelchair to help it walk, local media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND SEPT. 8-9 --Veronica Brelsford of Marlboro, Vt., pets her dog Sam, a 10-year old German Sheppard who suffers from arthritis in his hind legs, in Haydenville, Mass. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001. The dog was fitted with wheels from Eddie Wheels, a Massachusetts company that manufactures custom wheel carts for disabled dogs and cats. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)
ESKISEHIR, TURKEY - OCTOBER 28: A paralyzed rabbit sprints through at the streets of Eskisehir, a city in northwestern Turkey, with assistance from a special cart, on October 28, 2014. Eating too much carrot caused intestinal obstruction and paralyzed legs of the rabbit.
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Darwin, an eight day old male giraffe calf with a bandage on his left front leg, is seen being fed by a staff member, from the Safari Park, in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Aug. 10, 2009. The calf receives four meals a day by Safari workers because he was born disabled and could not nurse from his mother. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Arava, a disabled tortoise, onto which keepers have fitted a metal board with two wheels attached to her shell that help her move around, is seen at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2008. Arava the disabled turtle is using her new set of wheels to get around in more ways than one. Officials at the zoo say the ten-year-old spurred tortoise has begun mating since being fitted with a custom skateboard to overcome paralysis of her hind legs. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Jake, a four-month-old golden retriever who doesn't have hind legs, gets around the neighborhood in Scarborough, Maine, on Thursday, March 30, 2000. Jake's mother rejected him when he was born and chewed off the bottom half of his hind legs. The dog's owners saved him and he is now able to get around using a specially fitted wheelchair. The puppy who overcame tough odds thanks to the dogged devotion of his owner is making his way into the national spotlight with a summer airing of his story on Animal Planet's "Pet Story." (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
An activist of an Ukrainian animal rights organization walk two disabled dogs during an International march and a rally called FIRE PLAY in Kiev on March 31, 2012. Protesters demanded to stop killing of the stray dogs by the communal services under the pretext of preparation for EURO-2012. The marches took places in the fourteen Ukrainian cities and were supported by the activists in France, Germany, Austria, Italia, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Greece, Russia and others. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY
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Jenny Brown, 37 with her goat Albie at a park in New York City. Jenny brown suffered from bone cancer at the age of ten and lost her leg. She has been fitted with a prosthetic leg and now runs an animal sanctuary in new york. Albie, the goat was brought to her after he did a 'butch and sundance' style escape from a new york abbatoir, badly injuring his leg on wire in the escape. Vets tried to save his leg but they couldn't, so Mrs Brown asked the same doctor who made her a prosthetic leg to make albie one too. (Photo by Worldwide Features / Barcroft Me / Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - JULY 12: (CHINA OUT) A disabled dog outfitted with a wheelchair walks at an animal rescue center on July 12, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The center has adopted over 100 stray dogs and cats from quake-struck areas. Those who were hurt or disabled are outfitted with a cart to help support they're body and make them mobile. Many people have stepped forward to adopt the pets and temporary shelters were built to house the animals until their owners come to retrieve them. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Oscar, a rescued Chihuahua-mix wheelchair dog, poses as Max from 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on October 20, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of dog owners festooned their pets for the annual event, the largest of its kind in the United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)