"The ACT Group has a relationship with the aquarium and the middle school," said Johnson. "The students were able to put other designs on the cast, including a tread to help the penguin with flexibility."
Purps' mobility improved dramatically with the new boot and the students were taught how to develop and design with 3D Systems' Capture 3D Scanner.
"The printing technology, which includes the 3D Scanner, ProJet, and multi-material printing, opens up many opportunities for prototyping," Johnson said. "It worked well in this particular situation."
As for Purps, the little bird is doing just fine and is swimming, walking, and waddling normally with her penguin peers.
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