Bald eagle with 3D printed prosthetic beak


25 Responses to “Bald eagle with 3D printed prosthetic beak”

  1. Maki says:

    This is so beautiful. Thank you, technology

  2. ArnoDick says:

    He still looks pissed off.

  3. Brainspore says:

    Could they provide this as an elective surgery for a sparrow who just needed a self-esteem boost?

  4. eyebeam says:

    Great story. And the comments on the article are full of conservatards who are more concerned that someone may have an opinion on guns that isn’t 100% positive.

  5. PathogenAntifreeze says:

    Needs more blinking LEDs, but otherwise awesome project!

    (For the humor impaired, I’m kidding on the LEDs.)

  6. CLamb says:

    Magnificent work.  It arouses my curiosity on a few points.  I know birds use their beaks for feeling.  Does the beak contain any living tissue?   Will the beak eventually grow out to restore itself?  If so, how long will it take?

  7. PhosPhorious says:

    “The prosthetic isn’t stable enough for a release back into the wild. . . ”

    They need to Kickstart a titanium beak project.  I’d be in for $20.

  8. corydodt says:

    How do I get one? As transhumanism goes, this looks like a good place to start.

  9. Lobster says:

    UPDATE: The eagle has been able to fire three shots out of her prosthetic beak, but cracked the barrel on the fourth.  She has been detained for further questioning.

  10. agreenster says:

    People who do this kind of work make me proud to be human.  

  11. robdobbs says:

    That’s gotta be some kind of beakthrough in 3d printing technology.

  12. dcorbett says:

    I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous, petty uses for 3D printers, but this has to be one of the BEST! Now, if they could only print new 3D brains for the poachers.

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