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    My first post...I am working on the design of a new horseshoe(s). I need to develop prototypes cheaply. I could work with existing horseshoes and have the modifications added in some fashion. I have also just seen a video demo of the Torchmate CNC Cutting System which would work nicely with my computer background if it would cut angles. Any suggestions would be welcomed. I live in Maryland. Thanks
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  • #2
    I don't understand what your question really is. Are you looking for a way to prototype them yourself so that no one can see or just looking for some way tog et teh first ones laid out before sending them to production?

    I would just find a CNC mill in your area, take him a print and ahve it cut. They don't need to know what it is, in fact if you're afraid of design theft, tell them it's something for a car, motorcycle whatever.

    I had a guy bringing me stuff for a hydrogen engine prototype, i built and welded many SS parts for the guy before ever knowing what they were really for (and so did the CNC guy i know where i got the welfding work lined up through)

    It wasn't until it was done that we knew, and niether of us has seen the final product to know how to duplicate it if we wanted to.

    point being, if it's secrecy that's your concern for not out-sourcing the prototype, then use deception!

    Best of luck and i hope you get something figured out.. If you look into (google) home made CNC milling setups you will learn how easy you cna make your own CNC 2d cutting system (3d if you're good with PC's and fab work)...just google it, i've found tons of info in the past, you should be able to as well.

    Hope this was some help, but as stated, not knowing exactly what you're asking (except the part about the torch cutting) leaves me with little to go on. I'm not trying to be rude, just stating why my answer is kinda vague
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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply turboglenn...

      Nothing secret here. I am trying to find an inexpensive way to create a prototype of a new horseshoe design. I am looking for a single sample for testing. It might be possible to take an existing horseshoe and weld some inner changes, but, I don't know if it is possible. The other possibility is to create the CNC instructions to cut out the shape, but, I don't know if CNC equipment can create angle cuts? In general, a horseshoe is either cast or drop forged. They cannot weight more than 2 lbs 10 ozs. There is also a width, length and opening maximum set by the National Horseshoe Pitching Association. Once an acceptable prototype is created it must go before the NHPA for approval. I assume creating a mold and casting for a single prototype would be cost prohibitive. Right now, there are about 50 different models available which have been approved. Today I saw a version of the Torchmate CNC that appeared to be a possible candidate for prototyping. I'm hoping there is someone close by who has one and can quote me a price.

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      • #4
        a 5 axis cnc mill would be able to make any cut you want...
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        • #5
          A 3 axis could do anything he's asking too.
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          • #6
            country boy

            I thought you ment the ones that go on horse's feet, but thats what you get when you live in the middle of farm country.
            This is an automotive discussion forum that has some great infromation

            www.autobodytoolmart.com/shoptalk

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            • #7
              Hunt up a local farrier and have him bend you one up. Most farriers are regularly building/forging custom shoes. A horseshoe for pitching would be a piece of cake for a farrier to make and probably much cheaper than having one machined or torch cut to your specs. Draw out the specs and ask around.
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              • #8
                Yeah that title threw me for a loop.I couldn't understand why you needed to design another horseshoe. I too have horses and there is tons of different styles out there.Should have known it was something different.
                Sounds like the horseshoe game is pretty technical

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Photon713 View Post
                  My first post...I am working on the design of a new horseshoe(s). I need to develop prototypes cheaply. I could work with existing horseshoes and have the modifications added in some fashion. I have also just seen a video demo of the Torchmate CNC Cutting System which would work nicely with my computer background if it would cut angles. Any suggestions would be welcomed. I live in Maryland. Thanks
                  This part (in red) appears to be the real question?

                  The cutting system you ask about will take a flat sheet and cut a shape from it in "one plane only". (as in the horseshoes.pdf) The other file (horseshoes boss pdf shows a a bi-level part)


                  Or am I still missing your question
                  Attached Files
                  Last edited by FATFAB; 12-14-2008, 11:48 AM.

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                  • #10
                    FATFAB Sorry I'm going a little off topic here.
                    http://millerwelds.com/resources/com...2&d=1229275916

                    Is this a stand alone program? It looks like a super cool way to present a 3-d drawing. Also what was this drawn with?

                    Thanks Tom

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                    • #11
                      It was created with Alibre http://www.alibre.com/

                      And then printed/published to .pdf

                      Been using it for a few years now. It is a full parametric 3-D Modeling program. What you are seeing is just a saved screen shot of the sketching area with all the reference (grid, coordinate) toggled off.

                      I use it to create detail drawings for my shop and customers.

                      I forgot to mention that you can fly around the drawing I posted. Just click on it.
                      Last edited by FATFAB; 12-15-2008, 10:51 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, FATFAB...
                        I am attaching an existing horseshoe that is the starting point. Note the angled thumb caulk with cupped thumb receiver. The hook caulks are about one inch thick. All sides are smooth and rounded. I need to add metal to the inside and remove metal from the outside for the finished form for casting or as a CNC cutout. Thank you for taking the time to create the PDF file.
                        Attached Files
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