Friday, November 15, 2013

Racehorse, meet Technology: printing horseshoes

I have been completely intrigued by the concept of 3D printing, ever since I first heard of it. The possibilities for the technology really seem endless. Others agree, and the scientists at CSIRO recently printed a titanium set of horseshoes to fit the racehorse's hooves exactly. How cool is that?

3D printed horseshoe to improve racing performance
CSIRO scientists have custom made and 3D printed a set of titanium shoes for one Melbourne race horse in a first for the sport. (17 October 2013)

The horse, dubbed by researchers as ‘Titanium Prints’, had its hooves scanned with a handheld 3D scanner this week. Using 3D modelling software, the scan was used to design the perfect fitting, lightweight racing shoe and four customised shoes were printed within only a few hours. Read more...

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