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Birds of prey wear 3D-printed shoes to treat foot disease


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Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology now has a new addition to its list of useful applications—producing protective shoes for birds. In a first for Asia, Jurong Bird Park's avian veterinary team and the Keio-NUS CUTE Center at the National University of Singapore (NUS) jointly embarked on a two-year effort to create silicone shoes casted from 3D printed molds for the wildlife park's birds of prey. This collaboration has achieved an effective treatment plan for a medical condition known as pododermatitis or "bumblefoot" in birds.

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