This Duck Got New Feet Thanks to a 3D Printer

Posted by Allie Layos

Frostbite may have taken Phillip's feet, but a 3D printer gave them back.

When Phillip the duck lost his feet due to a bad case of frostbite, his waddle went with them. But then everything began to change for him ... for the better.

First, Wisconsin resident Vicki Rabe-Harrison rescued him. Then she watched a video of a 3D printer online, and realized this high-tech device might be able to help Phillip. Finally, she contacted Jason Jischke, a teacher at South Park Middle School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who had a 3D printer in his classroom.

When Rabe-Harrison emailed him about Phillip's predicament, Jischke initially thought the email might be a joke.

"I'm like, 'Is this for real?'" Jischke said in an interview with WPVI-TV.

But when he realized that Rabe-Harrison was serious, and was going to put Phillip down if he was unwilling or unable to help, Jischke jumped into action.

It took six weeks, the help of his class and a material called NinjaFlex, but Jischke managed to create a pair of prosthetic feet for Phillip.

Phillip the duck has now joined other birds and animals at Autumn Farm Sanctuary, north of Milwaukee, where co-founder Alyssa Herbst said Phillip is getting used to his new feet.

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This Duck Got New Feet Thanks to a 3D Printer