In the nick of time to ride the last of the pre-Super Bowl buzz, Carbon today revealed that it’s coordinating with sports devices giant Riddell to 3D print personalized football helmet cushioning.
Described as “Diamond technology,” the collaboration develops lattice design pads of resin that are customized constructed to a player’s dimensions and position. Carbon states the pads were developed by evaluating information from more than five million on-field crashes collected by Riddell smart helmets.
” We scan heads, and then you’ve got the shell of the helmet,” Carbon co-founder and CEO Joseph DeSimone told TechCrunch. “The gap between the head and the shell is now tailored. That area is now custom to everyone, and we fill that area with a lattice that controls the impact of the sport. It allows you to get actually excellent efficiency as you manage the effect that the gamers see.”
The innovation arrives as the health effects of football are getting more powerful scrutiny. The repeated nature of football hits has been tied to a variety of unfortunate negative effects, consisting of, especially, CTE. A recent research study found that the dementia-causing condition was found in 110 out of 111 brains of autopsied football gamers.
” As someone who’s spent countless hours viewing film, I understand that no two players play the exact same method,” quarterback and Riddell representative Peyton Manning said in a release tied to the news.” They all have various designs and propensities on the field, which is another key benefit to Riddell’s Diamond innovation. With the SpeedFlex Precision Diamond, gamers are not only experiencing the most recent in head protection, they can also determine where the helmet is placed to enhance sight lines and maximize field vision.”
The personalized helmets will be offered for pro and college level athletes later on this year. They’ll be printed using the L1, a recently announced printer developed for producing that brings the company’s Digital Light Synthesis innovation to a larger scale. The L1 has 10 times the build location as its predecessor, the M1 and five times the M2 (that’s “M” for “Medium” and “L” for “Large, by the method).
The introduction of the brand-new printer might go a methods toward helping Carbon understand its goal of bringing this technology to a manufacturing-level scale. Obviously, the company’s already got a decent head start on that front, having produced 100,000 pairs of mid-soles through its ongoing partnership with Adidas.