Wounded Sea Turtle Gets A 3D-Printed Jaw

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Titanium Turtle Jaw

Titanium Turtle Jaw

Btech Innovations

In an earlier era, colliding with a boat's propeller could have been the end of a sea turtle’s life. This is not that grim dark era, so a sea turtle found with a broken jaw was rescued and then brought to Pamukkale University’s Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center in Denizli, Turkey. Thanks to a collaboration with Turkish company Btech Innovation, the turtle received a custom-designed, 3D-printed titanium jaw.

To make the jaw, the company scanned the turtle, and then converted those scans into 3D models. Then, they printed the jaw out of medical-grade titanium and mailed it to the rescue center, where surgeons attached the jaw to the turtle. The turtle is still in recovery--scientists have to make sure it doesn't reject the prosthetic--but thanks to modern technological marvels and the efforts of rescuers, it should be free to return to the seas soon. When it does, Mario should watch out.

Watch a broadcast about it in Turkish below: