Bald Eagle gets printed 3D beak job – hair transplant can wait
WILL the reverse nose job catch on? The wing-nutting of pinned ears? Beauty the bald eagle has parked the hair transplant and gone first for the 3D printed, prosthetic beak, created for her by Birds of Prey Northwest.
…raptor specialist Jane Fink Cantwell, who dresses like Indiana Jones, refused to take “dead bald eagle” for an answer. She joined forces with mechanical engineer Nate Calvin of Kinetic Engineering Group, and together with other scientists, engineers, and even a dentist, they designed a nylon polymer beak that would perfectly replace Beauty’s lost upper mandible.
Calvin developed the new beak using a 3-D modeling program, then used a 3-D printer to fabricate it. After an arduous procedure to attach her prosthetic, Beauty was able to eat, drink, and preen herself on her own.
Should Jennifer Aniston ever want to get back to character acting, a £D printer is all she needs…