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Pretty in Pink: 3D-Printing 'Jimmy Choos' for Horses
By Marc Lallanilla, Assistant Editor | November 22, 2013 03:13pm As posted on Live Science
These custom-made horseshoes were created in minutes with a 3D printer that uses titanium as a design material.|
Designed by researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the Australian science agency, the hot-pink horseshoes are custom-made for each of a horse's four hooves, using lightweight titanium and 3D-printing technology.
Each new shoe weighs about 3.5 ounces (100 grams) less than a regular aluminum horseshoe — and every ounce counts in the high-stakes world of horse racing. "Any extra weight in the horseshoe will slow the horse down," trainer John Moloney said in a statement. "These titanium shoes could take up to half of the weight off a traditional aluminum shoe, which means a horse could travel at new speeds." [The 10 Weirdest Things Created By 3D Printing]