Friends who met in Rogue Community College's Engineering Club, the team behind Pet Prosthetics caught wind of a problem commonly discussed among veterinary technicians: the lack of a good, cost-effective solution for dog owners whose pets have lost a leg.
Using 3-D printing technology, Team Pet Prosthetics came up with a way to give new life to these injured dogs. Catch the interview with the team to learn more about how they came up with the idea, who they look to for inspiration and how their solution makes prosthetics accessible to more pet owners than ever before.
1. What is your invention?
It is a 3D-printed canine prosthesis, essentially an artificial leg for dogs.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your invention idea?
Our team lead was a veterinary technician and dealt firsthand with the negative outcomes of unassisted canines with a single limb amputation.
3. As you prepare to pitch your invention to judges, what are you most excited about sharing?
Our products ability to impact the health and lives of amputee canines. We think that it has the potential to drastically improve the lives of tens of thousands of dogs.
4. Who are your invention heroes?
Leonardo da Vinci as well as Nikola Tesla
5. Tell us about your team. How did you connect with one another and how do you work together?
Our team met in our school's engineering club and through this competition we have become fast friends who will likely go on working together long after it ends.
6. What is the most important thing you want the judges to understand about your invention — what will set you apart from the competition?
It's accessibility. The problem with the current canine prosthesis market it that all of them are expensive and restrictive. Our streamlined design and the utilization of 3D-printing means that we can deliver something inexpensive to many many dogs not just a select few.