ROCK HILL, S.C. (PIX11) — When Tara Anderson looked at a photo of Derby, a husky mix born with deformed front legs who had been abandoned at a New Hampshire shelter, she decided she had to help him.
Anderson, who works as a director at 3D Systems, a South Carolina company that sells 3D printers and design software, ended up giving Derby more than a temporary home — she and her coworkers helped him run for the first time in his life.
At first, Anderson had Derby use a cart to get around, but she said that still limited his mobility and didn’t let him run around like other dogs. So, she turned to her colleagues at 3D Systems, and they digitally designed and printed Derby a set of prosthetics.
The company posted a video of Derby running with his new legs on YouTube. He now runs 2 to 3 miles a day with his new, permanent owners, Sherry and Dom Portanova,
“He runs faster than both of us,” Dom Portanova says. “He never really tires out. He’s just so happy to do this.”
3D Systems also makes software used by surgeons for facial reconstruction.
“This is what 3D printing is all about,” Anderson says. “To be able to help anybody — dog, person, whoever — to have a better life, there’s no better thing to be involved in.”