3D printing a titanium race horseshoe is a first for scientists and demonstrates the range of applications the technology can be used for.
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Using scan to design the perfect fitting and then 3D modelling software, the lightweight racing shoe and four customized shoes were 3D-printed within only a few hours.
Traditionally made by 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.
“Any extra weight in the horseshoe will slow the horse down. 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.”