Scientists use 3D printer to create titanium horseshoes

| 11/11/2013 | 0 Comments
The 3D printed titanium horseshoes.

The 3D printed titanium horseshoes.

Titanium shoes have been made for an Australian racehorse using 3D printing technology after the animal had its hooves scanned.

The researchers say it is the first time that three-dimensional printing technology had been used to create titanium shoes.

The horse, dubbed Titanium Prints by researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), had its hooves scanned with a handheld 3D scanner this week.

The scientists then used 3D modelling software and, from the scans, designed a set of perfect-fitting, lightweight racing shoes.

The four customised shoes were printed within only a few hours. It is understood they cost about $A600 to print.

Traditionally made from aluminium, a horseshoe can weigh up to one kilogram, but the horse’s trainer, John Moloney, says that the ultimate race shoe should be as lightweight as possible.

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