Turtle power: This Zoo reptile wears 3-D printed mask after face injury

Call this one Phantom of the Turtles. Or the Case of the Masked Reptile.
But this story’s no Halloween tale. It’s all about an endangered species, three-dimensional printing and veterinary ingenuity.

Meet Patches, a small Zoo Knoxville turtle sporting a teeny Halloween-style resin mask, courtesy of the 3-D technology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. There’s even a bit of bright blue tinge in the form of a tiny titanium screw that secures the mask to the turtle.
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Within the veterinary field, 3D printing is becoming more commonplace, as experts are using the technology to create solutions for treating animals and pets who have been injured.