Making Meaning Matter

The Evergreen State College

Author: E.ROSS

Eric final CST

This week what I witnessed during observations was, everyone working to complete the last iterations of Blue Rabbit projects. We had a tutorial on in-design taught by John and Academic statement class taught by Sarah and Arlen. Everyone expressed their opinions on what the 5th iteration of the Blue Rabbit project should look like. This issue was resolved by a group of students who decided the proper font. It was good that these students took the initiative to solve this problem. With Class coming to a close it has been a thrill observing everyone’s projects. The time and effort applied by everyone is inspiring.


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wk8 CST

This week what I witnessed during observations was, everyone working in Tinkercad on desired projects. As week 9  creep over the horizon it seemed like this sort of frenzy sweep through the air. Questions rose about the possibility of printing over the holidays and the answer was no its closed all week. On Wednesday we had an artist lecture about time, and how so many feet of film amounts to a certain amount of time. On Thursday we discussed this concept and the 3d printing of food it was a good discussion. I am excited to see how this following week turns out.

Eric Blue Rabbit 3



Blue Rabbit pt3

In a world that’s full of so much stuff. I feel that expanding on the idea of 3D printing horseshoes is a satisfactory idea. I chose this idea when I read about a horse in Australia named Holly with Laminitis.  CSIRO created titanium horseshoes for her easing her pain by taking the pressure away for inflicted leg. Seeing this article put 3D printing in perspective for me. You have this amazing device that can print almost anything you want it too. I really like the application of 3D printing in the fields of Human and Veterinary medicine worldwide, and I’m excited to see how this technology improves medical advances. I became familiar with horses as a teen working on my friends farm and a summer camp that did trail rides for kids. I learned some about the equine species. Horses are noble creatures that throughout history we’ve relied on for big and small jobs. I feel with out them this work wouldn’t be accomplished as efficiently. So I think if 3D printing can help relive the pain of inflicted horses then we should. This iteration of my project really didn’t expand or greatly impact the project as a whole. I still want to pursue the idea from the same aspect as before. Maybe it put a little more fuel in the motivation tank and that’s always a plus. Horseshoes are also good luck charms that ward off evil spirits and brings good fortune. The creation of a horseshoe is a amazing thing all around, and through the images below I will attempt to express said idea.



Ross, Eric ” 3D horseshoes.”   2014. JPEG 

The above image is a screenshot of my horseshoe in a popular program called Blender.


   CSIRO ” 3D printed horseshoe to improve racing performance”  2013 JPEG

The above image is a pair of 3D printed titanium horseshoes made by CSIRO.


Davidson, Elaina “Lucky Horseshoe”  2013 JPEG

The above image tells a little about horseshoes being lucky.













Davidson, Elaina ” Lucky Horseshoe”  2013 JPEG>

CSIRO ” 3D printed horseshoe to improve racing performance”  2013 JPEG>




Eric CST wk7

This week what I witnessed during observations was, everyone working in Tinkercad on desired projects.  On Wednesday we had art lecture and students from our class discussed inequality and student debt. This was a good time for students with similar view points to converse and connect. In Seminar we discussed, things like certain company’s have robots doing work that humans once did.  I say that sounds about right technology is rapidly progressing, the constant reproduction and reinvention of already made devices. The perfect example of that I believe is the iPhone. Will we be any better off  when we get to the 50th iteration of the iPhone. We also talked about social networking and how people rely less on face to face conversation. I feel we rely so much on technology  that the knowledge to take care of ourselves without it is evaporating. With that being said who knows what will happen?  The end may be as the beginning, a Big Bang except this one will be into nonexistence.


This week was a good week. What I observed this week was, everyone working in Tinkercad on their chosen projects. Everyone seems to have a friendly feel for the bunny project. We also assembled groups that had similar projects for week 10. We combined seminar groups for wk 6 and that was insightful. We discussed Science and Shiva. Everyone expressed thier points of view and opinions in a civil manner and this is always accepted. As the quarter comes to an end everything seems to have this nice flow to it. I hope this continues the rest of the quarter.

Eric Blue Rabbit 2

Eric Ross

Week 6

Blue Rabbit pt. 2 WD:614


WD 919


3D Horseshoes

In a world already full of so much stuff I wanted to expand on the Idea of 3D printing horseshoes. This idea is meaningful to me because it has been used in to help horses. My interest in helping horses stems from jobs of my youth in which I worked with horses. I like this idea, the fact that you can scan a horses hoof and 3d print a horseshoe that will then improve that horses well being is awesome. The horseshoes I’ve had the privilege to read about were racing shoes and horseshoes that help with a disease called Laminitis. “Laminitis (also termed founder) is inflammation of the laminae of the foot – the soft tissue structures that attach the coffin or pedal bone of the foot to the hoof wall. The inflammation and damage to the laminae causes extreme pain and leads to instability of the coffin bone in the hoof. In more severe cases it can lead to complete separation of and rotation of the pedal bone within the hoof wall. Laminitis is a crippling condition which can be fatal in severe cases. Once a horse has had an episode of laminitis, they are particularly susceptible to future episodes. Laminitis can be managed but not cured which is why prevention is so important”. (RSPCA)  In the horse racing aspect of 3d printing the horse can run faster because the shoe is lighter. But cost significantly more because the 3d printed shoes are titanium and the traditional shoes are aluminum. For the treatment of disease in horse hoofs I believe that 3D printing can help so many horses. As this technology advances it never ceases to amaze, so much good is waiting to be done with what we have been given. Horseshoes are also symbols of good luck. This was created through ancient folklore during the stone age in Northern Europe and the British Isles. To scare away goblins and evil the people hung iron horseshoes above their door. The evil was scared of the horseshoes because, it looked like the Celtic Moon gods crescent.

In 2013 CSIRO with help from a horse podiatrists scanned and 3D printed titanium horseshoes for a horse named Holly. For three years Holly had been suffering with Laminitis. The horse’s foot is similar to our finger; the hoof wall is like our finger nail and is attached to the bone underneath. Laminitis affects the attachment between the hoof and bone, causing pain and inflammation. “The new shoes will work to redistribute weight away from the painful areas of the laminitic foot and give Holly, and horses like her, the chance to recover” (Smith)  Dr. Luke Wells-Smith is a Veterinarian from Australia whose research includes biomechanics of therapeutic horse shoes.

That same year CSIRO also created 3D horseshoe for a race horse named Titanium Prints. The printed horseshoes are half the weight of traditional aluminum horseshoes. Here is what CSIRO’s titanium expert had to say ” 3D printing a race horseshoe from titanium is a first for scientists and demonstrates the range of applications the technology can be used for.” (Barnes) Mr. John Barnes is Titanium Technologies Theme Leader Future Manufacturing Flagship, at CSIRO.

Curtis Burns in Florida uses a 3D printer to design his Polyflex  horseshoes before they go into mass production. Polyflex shoes are glue-on urethane shoes that allow the hoof to flex.


Dr. Andrew Schneider a human Podiatrist in Houston Texas commented on CSIRO work with horse podiatry, in the article “A Tale of Horseshoes, Podiatrists and Grey’s Anatomy” He says that ”  I find this new development in 3D print technology very exciting. I already create custom orthotics for my clients, using the inserts to help your feet work as efficiently as possible, making the rest of your body more stable. Right now, I make the orthotics from a mold I take of your foot when it’s in a ‘neutral’ position; once that mold is made, I modify the orthotic to create a shape that will counteract the unique problems created by your own biomechanics.” (Schneider) I think its really good that Dr. Schneider is excited for this technology. He envisions what this means for the future of human Podiatry.

Experts on this Idea seem to be in unison,  this is something that can be great. The ability to not only help horses that are crippled and in pain, but improve their hoof health for eons to come. But through this idea I discovered some one wanting to improve human foot health in similar ways. So I believe that without a doubt that these expert would agree. In a world full of so much stuff, a horseshoe that restores life is worth making more of.

In closing what I’ve learned about 3D printing and horseshoes only adds kindling to my desire. That desire is to see this idea through to completion.  Horses are noble creatures that since the beginning of time we have made work for us. We have used horses in battle and have we’ve made them things we were to weak to accomplish. I’ll leave you a quote I like from Ralph Waldo Emerson “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.”











“What is laminitis, and how can it be prevented or treated?” RSPCA N.p. , 21 Apr, 2011 Web. 3 Nov. 2014.<>

“Luke Wells-Smith BVSc” EQUINEPODIATRY  N.p. , N.d. ,Web. 3 Nov. 2014>

” John Barnes” FITT.  N.p. , N.d. ,Web. 3 Nov. 2014>

Jurga, Fran “3-D Printing in the Forge and Clinic: Hoof Anatomy Models, Veterinary Applications, and Horseshoes” hoofcare. N.p. , 27 Oct. 2013 , Web. 3 Nov 2014>

Melina, Remy ” Why Are Horseshoes Considered Lucky?” livescience. N.p. 15 Mar. 2011, Web. 3 Nov. 2014 <>

Schneider, Andrew ” A Tale of Horseshoes, Podiatrists and Grey’s Anatomy”   tanglewoodfootspecialistN.p. 23 Dec. 2013 Web. 3 Nov. 2014>

Emerson, Ralph ” Quotes” thenaturallyhealthyhorse. Casie. N.d. Web. 3 Nov 2014>


This week Suzanne made a comment ” No harm no foul”. I like that because it makes sense. Everyone is always working together in class, no matter the task. Its nice to see everyone learning from each other. I think that is a really awesome thing. Even if there’s ever a disagreement in seminar its not a worry, everyone gets through it. We agree everyone is entitled to their opinions and when we disagree no harm no foul right.

CST wk 5

In reading this week Suzanne had a thought. ” Taking big chances had gotten her this far and it would and it would take her farther she knew.” In class it was good to see everyone making progress. Everyone developing their own little routine. Everyone is making progress on their blue rabbit so to speak.  Everyone taking chances on what they want to make. I realized something this week that I can be my own worst enemy. Instead I’ve decided to get out of myself’s way take those chances. Isn’t that what life is about we have to live and learn to become stronger.

Eric 3D horseshoes

Eric Ross

Week 4

Blue Rabbit pt. 1 WD:467



3D Horseshoes

In a world full of mass produced  junk is it OK to create something useful? 3d printing can be used to improve plant, animal and environmental life.

The following image is of a horseshoe that was 3d printed by CSIRO in Australia. This shoe is a titanium shoe printed. for a horse named Holly she has Laminitis a disease that affects the attachment between hoof and bone and causes pain and inflammation. These shoes are remarkable bringing pain relief to horses everywhere.

My Idea is to create something significant to do my part and help improve the planet. This is what I’ve been thinking about the horseshoes and how much its improved Holly’s life in Australia. I want to use this idea in America to help horses with Laminitis. Due to excessive intake of grass and grains being a common trigger mentioned prevention through diet. Some other risk factors other than diet include enlargement of the Pars Intermedia of the Pituitary gland and high insulin levels.

I believe my Idea is important because eight thousand horses per year get Laminitis and of those eight thousand  six hundred are euthanized. Laminitis is a disease that has affected the horse from the beginning of recorded time.  If one those horses can be saved than what are we waiting for?

CSIRO and a veterinarian named DR Luke Wells-Smith have created a titanium horse shoe for a 10 year old mare named Holly. They scanned her hoof and 3d printed a shoe perfectly fitting her hoof. The new shoes redistribute the weight away from painful areas and allows Holly and other horses to heal.(

Amanda Lee Welch researched Laminitis of the bovine claw, What if this idea can be used on other animals that suffer from this disease. Think of how many animals we can relive from this burden.(

Maryland farrier Henry Heymering wrote a paper in 2010 titled a Historic Perspective of Laminitis. At the end he concluded.  “We’ve had nearly 2,000 years of bleeding as treatment, 1,700 years of exercise as treatment and more than 40 years of phenylbutazone as treatment – without proof of effectiveness in treating laminitis. Although longevity suggests effectiveness, until we have proof of our treatments, future generations may find them as quaint and misdirected” as the ancient treatments that have come before. (Historical perspective of laminitis Henry W. Heymering, CJF, RMF)

What I believe  he is trying to say is that until we know what treatments work we will doubt current treatments out there. So if this idea can help there will be no need for doubt or skepticism.

So without a doubt I believe that this idea is worth spending the rest of the quarter on. If I can help just one animal it will be worth that and more.






Blue Rabbit Sources


  1.  (Holly’s horseshoe’s)
  1. ( Pre-Vet student Amanda Lee Welch)
  1.  ( Historical perspective of laminitis Henry W. Heymering, CJF, RMF)



Any one can Make.

Any one can Make.


The quote I chose from week 3 Suzanne reading was, ” How come no girls?” This week I observed the class becoming more familiar with Tinkercad. Our class is made up of  Man  and Woman each of whom are, using the skills they learned about Tinkercad and Makerbot to Make. It doesn’t matter Man or Woman if you have the will and the desire you can be a Maker. If we keep our heads up and apply what we know to life. We might be what this little world needs to hold on and survive. Man or Woman we all have a role in our survival.


What I observed; The software website we worked on was  In Tinkercad we designed a coin and sent it to a 3-D printer.  A few coins had a ruff run but overall it was okay. As a class we were broke up into groups and one group designed the coin and one group observed and then we switched. While observing I asked a few students what they had trouble with and some said adjusting the  size of the object they were working on. Other than that it seemed like a pretty good experience tinkering and learning.