仿生寵物由德里克·坎帕納（Derrick Campana）創立，其使命是為有需要的寵物提供假肢。坎帕納（Campana）于2002年開始從事假肢工作，為人類開發矯形和假肢設備。然而，在2004年，坎帕納（Campana）被要求治療黑拉布拉多犬時需要幫助時，他受到啟發，將其職業生涯轉向了照顧動物。這一決定導致了Animal Ortho Care的成立，該公司迄今為止已經治療了近20,000只動物。隨著寵物護理業務的蓬勃發展，坎帕納決定將公司分為兩部分：專注于假肢的Bionic Pets和提供矯形器的Animal Ortho Care。
Bionic Pets was founded by Derrick Campana and is driven by the mission to provide prosthetic limbs to pets in need. Campana began working in prosthetics in 2002, developing orthotic and prosthetic devices for humans. In 2004, however, when he was asked for help treating a black labrador dog, Campana was inspired to pivot his career towards caring for animals. This decision led to the founding of Animal Ortho Care, a company that has treated nearly 20,000 animals to date. As his pet-care business boomed, Campana decided to split his company into two parts: Bionic Pets, which focuses on prosthetics, and Animal Ortho Care, which provides orthotics.
仿生寵物是名為“爪子向導”（Wizard of Paws）的新電視連續劇的主題，其中，坎帕納（Canana）穿越美國，使用定制設計的假肢和矯形器治療動物。近年來，動物義肢的開發過程越來越依賴于3D打印。為了支持3D打印過程，Bionic Pets尋求了DiveDesign（位于新澤西州Boonton的產品開發工作室）的幫助。
Bionic Pets is the subject of new television series called Wizard of Paws, in which Campana travels across the United States treating animals with custom-designed prosthetics and orthotics. In recent years, the process of developing the animal prosthetics has come to rely more and more on 3D printing. To support the 3D printing process, Bionic Pets enlisted the help of DiveDesign, a product development studio based in Boonton, New Jersey.
The studio was founded two years ago and Bionic Pets was one of its first clients. Since then, it has worked with Campana to refine the process for developing animal prosthetics, transitioning from a labour intensive method involving shaping plaster molds, forming thermoplastics, cuttings, sanding and more, to a simplified 3D printing-based method.
“與Derrick聯系并了解了他的挑戰之后，我們知道我們擁有團隊和資源來用數字工具重新構想此過程，” DiveDesign的聯合創始人Adam Hecht說。 “我們開發了一個新的過程，包括四個主要步驟。首先，我們對狗的模具進行3D掃描（由客戶使用鑄造工具包提供）。接下來，我們將其上傳到計算機，并使用我們專有的算法從掃描中生成假體。然后，我們在一臺大型FDM 3D打印機上將其從TPU上打印過夜。最后，我們將腳擰緊并運出。”
“After connecting with Derrick and learning of his challenges, we knew we had the team and resources to re-imagine this process with digital tools,” said Adam Hecht, co-founder of DiveDesign. “We developed a new process, consisting of four main steps. First, we 3D scan the mold of the dog [which is provided by the client using a casting kit]. Next, we upload it to a computer and use our proprietary algorithm to generate the prosthetic from the scan. Then, we print it overnight out of TPU on a large format FDM 3D printer. And finally, we screw the leg on and ship it out.”
據報道，這種方法大大減少了假肢的生產時間（從大約15個小時的手工工作減少到只有一個小時）。這為Campana騰出了更多時間來幫助和治療更多的動物。據DiveDesign稱，得益于設計算法專家LANDAU Design + Technology和Gcreate的打印農場的支持，該產品已經在兩個月內為仿生寵物運送了30多種3D打印假體。
This approach reportedly reduces the prosthetics production time dramatically (from about 15 hours of manual work to just one). This has freed up more time for Campana to help and treat more animals. According to DiveDesign, it has already shipped over 30 3D printed prosthetics in two months for Bionic Pets, thanks to support from design algorithm expert LANDAU Design+Technology and Gcreate’s print farm.
Throughout his career, Campana has helped a wide array of animals, from dogs, to pigs and goats, to elephants. His new series Wizard of Paws showcases the process of developing animal prosthetics as well as how they can impact an animal’s quality of life. The series premiered in early April on BYUtv.