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EPLC and CSIRO scientists create 3D printed horse-shoes

Equine Podiatry and Lameness Centre - Monday, December 21, 2015
EPLC and CSIRO scientists create 3D printed horse-shoes

Dr Luke Wells-Smith and Mr Wayne 'Link' Baumann recently travelled to Melbourne to shoe the chronic laminitic Holly with 3D printed titanium shoes. Holly has had laminitis for 3 years and has been lame ever since.

On the day, Luke and Link evaluated Holly at the Kilmore Equine Hospital with Dr Carl Barker. All four feet were x-rayed and then her feet were trimmed. The feet were then re-xrayed to ensure the correct trim was applied. The team of scientists from CSIRO then 3D scanned both front feet. With the information from the x-rays and the 3D scan, Luke, Link and the CSIRO scientists designed a full rocker, titanium shoe for both front feet. Once the design was finalised the shoes were printed overnight.

The shoes printed exactly to the design specifications and no modifications were required to apply them to Holly's feet. After the application, Holly was walking much more comfortably and has been very happy ever since!

3D printing is an exciting new technology and we hope to use this in the future to help other horses with similar foot conditions. If you have any questions about laminitis or 3D printing, please don't hesitate to contact us.

The Equine Podiatry and Lameness Centre would also like to announce that they will be providing a monthly podiatry service from the University of Melbourne Equine Centre in Werribee, Victoria. Both Dr Luke Wells-Smith and Mr Wayne 'Link' Baumann will next travel to Werribee on the 9th and 10th of January. Please contact us for an appointment, spots are filling quickly!

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year

From the team at the Equine Podiatry and Lameness Centre.