In collaboration with the University of California, San Diego’s Digital Media Lab, the Birch Aquarium created a 3D-printed brace shell for the turtle. The brace was designed to support and stabilize the turtle’s damaged shell, which had a hole causing curvature in its spine. By providing structural support to the turtle’s shell, the brace aimed to aid in healing and improve its overall health.
Over several years, with the assistance of the 3D-printed brace, the turtle’s health gradually improved. The brace helped to repair and strengthen its damaged shell, allowing the turtle to move more freely and reducing the strain on its spine. The ongoing care and support provided by the Birch Aquarium, along with the innovative use of 3D printing technology, contributed to the sea turtle’s successful recovery.