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A Novel Application of 3D Printing Technology Facilitating Shell Wound Healing of Freshwater Turtle

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WeCare Animal Medical Center, 1F., No. 270, Daxing Rd., Taoyuan Dist., Taoyuan City 334, Taiwan
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Tri-Service General Hospital, School of Dentistry, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei City 114, Taiwan
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Momonga Exotic Animal Hospital, No. 20, Section 4, Chongxin Rd., Sanchong District, New Taipei City 241, Taiwan
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Institute of Veterinary Clinical Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei City 106, Taiwan
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Department of Entomology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung City 402, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Lysimachos Papazoglou and Cinzia Benazzi
Animals 2022, 12(8), 966; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12080966
Received: 7 February 2022 / Revised: 2 April 2022 / Accepted: 5 April 2022 / Published: 8 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Herpetological Medicine and Surgery)
This report describes how to apply the combination of 3D scanning, computer-aided design (CAD), and 3D printing to make a protective device for rescuing wild animals. In recent years, although 3D tools have become relatively low-cost and reachable, veterinary medical applications based on this technology are quite limited. The present article successfully extricates a wild freshwater turtle from an extensive shell defect within a short period. Integration of multiple sciences to 3D technology can provide a facile model for veterinary medical applications.
Numerous cases and a shortage of resources usually limit wild animal rescue. New technology might save these severely injured wild animals from euthanasia by easing the requirement of intensive medication. Three-dimensional (3D) technologies provide precise and accurate results that improve the quality of medical applications. These 3D tools have become relatively low-cost and accessible in recent years. In the medical field of exotic animals, turtle shell defects are highly challenging because of inevitable water immersion. This report is the first attempt to apply the combination of 3D scanning, computer-aided design (CAD), and 3D printing to make a device that protects the wound from exposure to water or infection sources. The presented techniques successfully extricate a wild freshwater turtle from an extensive shell defect within a short period. Integration of multiple sciences to 3D technology can provide a facile model for veterinary medical applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing technology; freshwater turtle; Ocadia sinensis; shell wound healing 3D printing technology; freshwater turtle; Ocadia sinensis; shell wound healing
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Hung, T.-F.; Kuo, P.-J.; Tsai, F.-S.; Yu, P.-H.; Nai, Y.-S. A Novel Application of 3D Printing Technology Facilitating Shell Wound Healing of Freshwater Turtle. Animals 2022, 12, 966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12080966

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Hung T-F, Kuo P-J, Tsai F-S, Yu P-H, Nai Y-S. A Novel Application of 3D Printing Technology Facilitating Shell Wound Healing of Freshwater Turtle. Animals. 2022; 12(8):966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12080966

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Hung, Tsung-Fu, Po-Jan Kuo, Fung-Shi Tsai, Pin-Huan Yu, and Yu-Shin Nai. 2022. "A Novel Application of 3D Printing Technology Facilitating Shell Wound Healing of Freshwater Turtle" Animals 12, no. 8: 966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12080966

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