"A few weeks I had to say good bye to my little Trixie. She was a Maltese-Shitzu mix and and sweetest little companion I have ever had. From her first day with me to her last, the staff at NF Animal Hosp was there for her for everything from grooming (Thank you Jamie and for the card), to medicines to arranging her final hours and after. THANK YOU a million times!"

- Debbie S.

"I just wanted to say Thank you for the care and compassion you showed on Monday when I had to bring my dog in to have her cross the Rainbow bridge. We received your card and the Rainbow bridge poem today. I was so surprised and in tears. Not one of the many vets I have ever been to where I had to have a dog cross the bridge have shown this kind of thoughtness, kindness, care and compassion. You guys are amazing!! Thank you again."

- Danielle H.

"Very very caring staff treats ur pets like their own 30 years been with them always great support even in bad times."

- Kent H.

"Couldn't ask for a more kind, compassionate, and pet loving group of humans. The office is very clean and efficient. The veterinarians always professional, caring and good at what they do."

- Alice C.

"Great staff, great service, and great prices. They have taken my dogs in on a moments notice. Very helpful, friendly and courteous."

- Robyn R.

"The support staff and vets are just awesome. They are so caring , gentle, and wonderful people"

- Norma T.

Using Additive Manufacturing to Help Man's Best Friend

ln june rp+m was approached by Dr, Guha Manogharan at Youngstown State University to assist with the printing of a leg brace for a 13-year old small border collie, Shelby. A team of six mechanical engineering students from Youngstown State under the guidance of Dr. Manogharan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of STEMat YSU,were approached to design a reverse-engineered 3D model and then custom fabricate a prosthetic to improve mobility for Shelby and improve her quality of life*.

Shelby became crippled when she was six-years old due to dehydrated spinal discs, compressed nerves, and progressive rheumatoid arthritis. The oungstown State University team is comprised of undergraduates Abdullah Alsairafi, Jared Clark, Jason Doll, Craig Householder, Jennifer McAnallen and Karen Schilling, and in consultation with Luke Lukasko, DVM, at Newton FallsAnimal Hospital and Shelby's owner Laurie Wittkugle throughout this project.

The team of students utilized advanced digital manufacturing technologies to create the prosthetic and then began exploring additive options to create a brace that would meet the flexibility and comfort required to be effective. Through rp+m's and Youngstown State's relationship with America Makes, our company and the YSUteam started working together to identify the most suitable additive technology.

After a few iterations that were printed with the help of North Carolina State University, the final version was printed at rp+m using a unique combination of materials to achieve the appropriate durometer to suit the comfort needs of the dog while still providing the support necessary to enable her to walk. The brace was then sent to the YSUteam to be finished and the team let us know that Shelby has been acclimating to the brace!

We are excited to be able to help this dedicated group of students utilize additive manufacturing to improve the quality of life of this sweet dog!

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