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South African Farrier Sees Great Potential in 3D Printing

Improving technology leads to better quality materials and faster production


Pictured Above: Derek Poupard believes that within 2 years, improved technology will enable most farriers to produce 3D printed applications from their own machines.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Improved technology and affordable machines and software are paving the way for more 3D printed applications in farriery in a reasonable time frame.
  • It’s important to use the correct materials and machinery when producing 3D-printed applications for horses. Incorrect materials and machinery can lead to failure.
  • South African farrier Derek Poupard has developed a 3D-printed pad that mimics the way the sole hits the ground as if it were barefoot.

American inventor Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It’s a sentiment that Derek Poupard can no doubt relate. After all, while he might not approach the more than 1,000 patents that are credited to Edison, the South African farrier has several creations under his belt.

“I’ve invented a lot of different types of applications, but most of them have failed,” quips Poupard, who counts QuixShoe, now FormaHoof, and HoofCast Orthopedic Casting Tape among his successes.

Although the objective of each of his creations is to benefit the horse, the Godolphin Racing farrier’s latest foray into invention has opened his eyes to the potential of 3D printing in farriery.

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) model or a digital 3D model. Typically, a printer extrudes molten materials, such as plastic…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for more than 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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