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World's first 3D printed dog jaw (graphic visuals warning)


Johnny Uday writes:

A pet named Angelito in Costa Rica was about to be euthanized because of the damage caused to his jaw after being hit by a car.

The Veterinarian in charge Miguel Araya decided to contact Johnny Uday in Ecuador who is conducting research with 3D bio-modeling and bio-compatible materials.

A new jaw was designed and to replace the missing bone making Angelito the first dog in the world receiving a functional jaw implant made out of a 3D printed bio-compatible plastic.

This research aims to help also humans in some cases, reducing immensely costs by using 3D affordable printers to fabricate implants at a fraction of the cost of the expensive Titanium, which is a magnificent advantage for populations of developing countries.

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Johnny Uday

I´m a Veterinarian, crazy about 3D Technology, and Medical Biomodeling.


    • Hi there, the materials we use in our printer are always biodegradable and biocompatible, so no problems there. However, when printing this jaw prothesis we used an special kind of material that needs different settings so we had to make sure no other material residue is in the nozzle other wise it does not print properly.

    • Hi, sorry for the late reply, I had problems logging in this site that was the reason I could not reply earlier. However replying to your question, yes, we had worked with animals with jaw removed due to cancer. Every case is unique, but usually is a good option.

  1. Susanna Taylor on

    Are they doing this type of mandible surgery in the US? My Chiwawa is in desperate need. After a failed mandible repair

    • Hi there, we had some people from the US coming here to have this surgery done on their pet. Apparently they couldn't find a veterinarian willing to perform the surgery over there. They came here for a week, and now they are back home with their pet doing great.

  2. Can I volunteer my dachshund for this procedure? He had most of his lower jaw removed from an aggressive cancer. He had it removed almost 2 years ago. Would LOVE him to have it back

  3. Hi there, friend's dog was recently diagnosed with jaw cancer, but i'm located in Serbia, how we could get him and 3d biomodel of a jaw ? and how much would the process cost

  4. Can you help my boxer who had a lot of his lower jaw removed two months ago due to acanthomatous (bone cancer)? he's come through tumor removal and recovery very well, but cannot drink or eat without being hand fed. a lower plate or "shelf" for his tongue to press against would be the answer, as we now cup our hand beneath his tongue while we feed him. he has full use of his tongue, just nothing to press against for it to cup/function while eating and drinking. I've thought of altering a small dog muzzle to strap on his head that would act as a lower jaw. please help.

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