Scientists create titanuim horse shoes
Ever wondered what the next stage of evolution in horse racing will be?
Well wonder no more, as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed titanium horse shoes.
While it may sound a little far-fetched, the science agency has utilised 3D printing technology in order to create the perfect shoe for the animals – it only takes a couple of hours to make two pairs of customised ones.
Traditionally made from aluminum, horse shoes usually weigh up to 1kg, but this advancement will make them much more lightweight.
Horse trainer John Moloney said: "These titanium shoes could take up to half of the weight off an aluminium shoe, which means a horse could travel at new speeds."
CSIRO's titanium expert John Barnes said the development is a perfect example of what 3D printing has to offer, adding that the possibilities are "endless" thanks to the precise scanning process.