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World-First 3D Printed Horse Shoe
In a world-first, CSIRO scientists have made a customised set of 3D printed purple titanium shoes for a Melbourne racehorse. The horse, dubbed 'Titanium Prints' by researchers, 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 shoes that were printed in a matter of hours. Horse shoes are traditionally made from aluminium and can weigh up to 1kg, but the horse's trainer, John Maloney, says that the ideal race shoe should be as light as possible. "Any extra weight in the horse shoe 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," said Maloney. "Naturally, we're very excited at the prospect of improved performance from these shoes."