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October 17, 2013 AT 11:00 am

3D printer creates light-weight titanium horse shoes #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Purple horsehoes

3D printer creates light-weight titanium horse shoes, ABC.net:

Australian scientists have created a customized set of purple titanium shoes for a Melbourne race horse using 3D printing.

The horse, nicknamed ‘Titanium Prints’, had its hooves scanned with a 3D scanner.

Using 3D modelling software, scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) then used the scan to design the racing shoe.

CSIRO’s Titanium expert John Barnes says it takes less than 24 hours to print four customised shoes for a horse and it costs approximately $600 for all of them.

…The horse’s trainer John Moloney says that the ultimate race shoe should be as light weight as possible.

“Any extra weight in the horse shoe will slow the horse down,” he said.

“These titanium shoes could take up to half of the weight off a traditional aluminium shoe, which means a horse could travel at new speeds.

“Naturally, we’re very excited at the prospect of improved performance from these shoes.”

Mr Barnes says the 3D titanium printing demonstrates the range of applications the technology can be used for….

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