Baseball becomes the 13th discipline out of 200 to leverage Additive Manufacturing

In the 2021 May/June issue of 3D ADEPT Mag, the “applications” segment (PP 45-50) discusses sport applications made possible using AM technologies. We found out that about 200 sports are recognized sports with national and international federations. However, AM technologies have already played a key role for only 12 disciplines out of these 200.

The latest REV1X GLOVE designed to improve athletes’ defensive skills makes Baseball, the 13th industry in the sport industry that can leverage AM technologies.

This new series of baseball gloves results from a collaboration between the developer of DLS™ Technology Carbon and Rawlings®, the Official Glove of Major League Baseball® and creator of the iconic Rawlings Gold Glove Award®.

Acknowledged for its various design attributes including a lace-less web, adaptive fit system and Heart of the Hide® leather palm and gusset, the REV1X required the combination of materials that deliver ultra-lightweight to the glove, consistent playability with DLS technology.

Together with Carbon, Rawlings’ engineers create the REV1X’s 3D profile, marked by thinner, yet sturdier padding that won’t deteriorate over time. Furthermore, the REV1X is constructed with Carbon’s 3D-optimized lattice structure, providing variable stiffness in the thumb and pinky, which significantly reduces weight without sacrificing protection, durability, or playability.

We are excited about the innovation Rawlings is bringing to baseball with the new REV1X glove,” said Phil DeSimone, co-founder, chief product and business development officer at Carbon. “These lattice structures are designed to add stiffness in the regions where it is necessary and soften regions where a certain flexure is required, adding another dimension of control in the design. During the design iterations, Rawlings was able to assemble and test the latticed finger pads right away, accelerating the product development cycle of about 10 months.”

Carbon also explained in a press communication that the REV1X showcases new structural elements not currently found in traditional gloves. Its lace-less web eliminates top-of-the-web lacing, improving fielding consistency, while the glove’s adaptive fit system accommodates a wider range of wrist sizes for a snug, tailored, custom fit. Additionally, REV1X models are crafted with world-renowned Heart of the Hide palm and gusset leather padding widely recognized by athletes for its quality and authenticity.

From the famous Bill Doak glove developed in the early 1920’s that was the first to include a pocket and web, to the creation of the Trap-Eze® web in the late ‘50’s, to the newly released REV1X, Rawlings has always been at the forefront of glove technology and innovation,” said Ryan Farrar, senior director of ball gloves. “Rawlings continues to work alongside pros, the best in the game, to ensure our gloves are worthy of the highest-level of performance, and the feedback we’ve received from Francisco Lindor validates our belief that the REV1X will forever revolutionize defense.”

Following the feedback of four-time All-Star shortshop for the New York Mets, Francisco Lindor, Carbon and Rawlings® finally developed four models in this series. Available in various sizes and patterns, those models can be purchased exclusively at Rawlings.com, DicksSportingGoods.com and JustBallGloves.com.

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Corporate communication and marketing expert by training at 3D Adept, Kety is currently leading the publication’s editorial and content activities. She has a unique gift for knowing how to grab an audience's attention on insights that matter – in this case, everything related to additive manufacturing. She believes that a wide range of innovations still have to be discovered about the technologies that shape the world of tomorrow and she has made it her objective at 3D ADEPT Media.