Barron says she was “on board immediately. I thought Ray would really enjoy it and it was a great opportunity for the students to create something for the community.” Even more fortunate is that the nearby public library has a 3D printer and welcomes designs from the public.
Michaela Pugh told ABC news “This is what our goal was, to have people come up with real world applications and it gave us a chance to work with students… so they could see the whole 3D printing process.”
As of last month, Ray has two brand new wheelchairs! Like most cats he’s not too keen on the new gear just yet. He bites at the velcro and gets fidgety when you put it on. However, Pugh is sure that “he’s just going to take some time to get used to it.”
They’re currently working on a new chair that will allow Ray to pivot. But until then Barron says “The experience of watching the students connect and create something for Ray was very impactful … In many shelters, Ray would likely have been euthanized. He’s an incredibly special guy who is very happy and loves life.”