3D printed horse jump on display at HITS horse show

3D syringe photo3D printing was front and center at this year’s HITS (Horse Shows In the Sun) horse show as it wrapped up its season with a $1 million prize in Saugeties, N.Y., on Sept. 7.

DCIM100GOPROThe innovative design and creation of the Dormosedan Gel jump (which resembled a syringe full of the main sponsors veterinary surgical aid) was created out of plastic by the 3D printing program at SUNY New Paltz. The staff at the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz, including Dan Freedman, dean of the School of Science & Engineering and director, and Katherine Wilson ’14g, assistant director, manufactured the special jump, then assembled it on site.

Tom Struzzieri, president of HITS, praised SUNY New Paltz, telling media: “SUNY New Paltz has the second-biggest 3D printing program in the United States, and I went down to look at it because it fascinated me so much. And I said, ‘Why don’t we have them build us a jump.’ We looked at some of the options and we thought we’d start small. It’s a great school, and we’re lucky to have it in Ulster County.”

According to Freedman, it took about 10 days to print all of the components, and then another four days to paint and assemble the syringe shaped horse jump.

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