3D Printers Are Used For More Than Making Fidget Spinners - They're Saving Lives!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire students dabbled in 3D printing, but not just to create fidget spinners. They are looking to help animals in need.


Ray, a 6-month-old kitten, was born with abnormally small eyes that he can't see out of and an inoperable spinal condition that makes his back legs unusable. Ray is a very happy kitten and loves to play. He touched the heart of neighbor Erin Bakkom, an eighth-grade teacher at Portsmouth Middle School, and she decided she wanted to help him.

Bakkon teamed up with a tech assistant, Michaela Pugh, from the Public Library to reserve a 3D printer for students to use. Bakkom had 2 teams of eighth graders create wheelchair designs for the kitten to help him get around. The first design consisted of two wheels, and Ray soon outgrew the wheelchair. The second design consisted of four wheels and even though it seemed to work well, Ray broke it. Bakkon, Pugh, and the students are all currently working on modifying the wheelchair so that Ray can pivot and move around without being uncomfortable!

Story credit - ABC News

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