American Banknote Corporation (ABCorp), a US-based manufacturing service provider, partners with sport technology startup BATS-TOI to manufacture The Mercado, a multisport headgear, using additive manufacturing.
Initially designed to protect wrestlers against head injuries, The Mercado has evolved into a next-generation smart multisport headgear capable of incorporating diagnostic sensors to monitor brain wave activity and two-way communication to provide a combination of safety and performance enhancement previously unavailable.
Manufacturing will take place in ABCorp’s 125,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility and will be powered by the HP MJF Systems – enabling ABCorp to 3D print complex end-use parts with unparalleled speed and accuracy. ABCorp offers design and high-volume production capacity under a single roof, with the flexibility of multiple base materials including polymers and stainless steel. All production takes place in ABCorp’s highly secure FDA-registered facility with HiTrust certification and HIPPA compliance to ensure the security of BATS-TOI’s confidential and sensitive projects.
“From day one, our focus and purpose at BATS-TOI has been to revolutionize head safety for serious and recreational athletes through innovative design and engineering,” said Mario Mercado, founder and CEO of BATS-TOI. We worked with our partners at HP and ABCorp to develop a groundbreaking system and process to 3D print The Mercado at scale, as a best-in-class multisport headgear that provides superior protection and performance against head injuries. The Mercado has been recognized as the official wrestling headgear of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), and our partnership with ABCorp will ensure we deliver on our commitment to the highest quality standards, not only for wrestlers but for all athletes that need superior head protection to keep them in the game.”
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