3D printing is a pretty new invention. However, it’s already been used to create tons of amazing things. People have 3D printed medical equipment, beautiful clothing, and even whole houses! Ray, the little cat in the picture, has a story that again proves the remarkable potential of this new scientific advancement.
Carrie Barron from Portsmouth, New Hampshire adopted Ray, a bright, blind, physically impaired 6-month-old Maine coon from Odd Cat Sanctuary in Salem Massachusetts. The vets warned her that Ray’s spinal condition was permanent and inoperable, but she didn’t give up on him because, as she puts it, “he’s a special little guy.”
When Barron took him home. her neighbor Erin Bakkom came up with an idea that would help Ray and educate the students at Portsmouth Middle School where Barron teaches. Her idea was to assign the students into teams to create a 3-D printer design concept for a wheelchair for Ray.