3D printed horse shoes

By 18/12/2013Healthcare

Customised to the horse with shaping to enhance gait.

Source: www.abc.net.au

CSIRO 3D printing expert John Barnes says it’s a breakthrough for 3D printing technology.

“You can get an extraordinary amount of detail basically for free, which if you’re doing it conventionally that detail would cost a lot of money,” he said.

“The other area that is important is customisation – he (the podiatrist) can tell us the way he wants the shoe to be designed.”

The “horse-thotic” was specifically designed to help combat a foot disease.

“In this case it had an extra curvature to it,” Mr Barnes said.

“The apex of that curvature may be different for a different horse.

“And that’s what we’re able to design on the computer and that takes a relatively short period of time.

“Then we can print them in our machine which takes somewhere between two to four hours depending upon how many we want and that type of thing.”

 

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