Medical 3D Printing Gives Turtle New Jaw


Turkish biotech company BTech Innovation has designed and 3D printed a titanium jaw for an injured Loggerhead Turtle. The turtle’s beak had been caught in a propeller, the injury left it unable to eat.

The turtle was originally rescued by the sea turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation centre at Pamukkale University in Turkey. Staff at the rescue centre nursed it back to health by hand feeding it but wanted to return the turtle to the wild.

The sea turtle centre contacted BTech Innovation, specialists in medical 3D printing. After months of research, CT scans and computer software were used to create a 3D model of the turtle's beak. A prosthetic replacement part was then designed and 3D printed in medical-grade titanium. The prosthetic beak was then surgically attached.

The turtle is now eating unassisted and will be released back to the sea once its dose of antibiotics has been completed. Biotech Innovation lived up to its name and certainly deserves to take a bow for helping out nature.