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Company prints new bill for duck

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Blu with his new bill courtesy of C3 Ventures. Blu with his new bill courtesy of C3 Ventures.
Before and after of Blu courtesy of C3 Ventures. Before and after of Blu courtesy of C3 Ventures.
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Blu the duck has a new smile for free thanks to a company in Flint.

C3 Ventures posted on Facebook that its 3D printing team C3 3D designed and created a new bill for Blu the duck.

The company said Blu lost part of his bill and tongue in a run-in with a pig several months ago and, since then, his caregiver has had to feed him via a tube multiple times a day. 

With the help of Dr. Kimberlee Buck at the Frankenmuth-Birch Run Veterinary Hospital, the team was able to create the perfect bill replacement after several meetings, "The team scanned what remained of Blu's bill and sent multiple #3Dprinted prototypes to a veterinarian to determine which material would be best."

C3 Ventures told TV5 it took 12 hours to print Blu's final bill. Last week, it took two hours to finally fit Blu with the perfect bill replacement.

Blu is the first animal C3 3D has helped, but won't be the last. C3 Ventures says it has similar projects already in the works.

C3 Ventures said Monday Blu is adjusting "very well" to his new bill and can drink and eat just like he used to.

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