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Additive Manufacturing in the Sport industry

Making sport better” is the direct or indirect credo for most professionals working or aspiring to work in the sport industry, and this, regardless of the sport activity. For professionals who are on this mission, a means to an end has often been to rely on the capabilities of technologies; and trust us, there are a lot.

To provide a few figures, there are about 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games. In this list, over 800 sports are currently said to be played around the world on a regular basis and about 200 sports are recognized sports with national and international federations.

However, Additive Manufacturing technologies have already played a key role for only 12 disciplines out of these 200. What are these AM applications? What are the AM technologies that enable them? What challenges and possible solutions may help sport companies – and eventually providers of AM technologies – move forward?

Additive Manufacturing companies & professionals, together with sport companies but also researchers continue to explore what is possible to achieve in various fields of the sport industry.

When BMW Group leverages its 3D printing automotive expertise to produce spike plates

Car manufacturer BMW Group has 3D printed custom spike plates for the German Bobsleigh team, manufacturing the metal athletic gear using powder bed fusion (PBF). The automotive giant involved in multiple AM projects for...

TRUMPF and Elementum 3D use their AM capabilities to improve the INTENSE M1 downhill race bike

Founded in 1993, INTENSE helps to develop the geometry, suspension, and look of mountain bikes by producing high-end carbon fiber and aluminum rides. To reinforce its M1 downhill race bike, the downhill bike leader...

Limited units of the Wilson Airless Gen1, the first 3D-printed basketball, will be on sale

As of next week, February 16th, the manufacturer of high-performance sports equipment Wilson will sell a limited collection of its Airless Gen 1. The 3D-printed basketball made a real splash in the industry last year...

Designers could leverage this MIT model to optimize 3D-printed shoe performance

With the goal of discovering which shoe best suits a person’s particular running style, MIT engineers have developed a new model that predicts how certain shoe properties will affect a runner’s performance. “Shoe designers are...

Fansea uses Mimaki 3D printing technology to make real world 3D printed collectibles

The 3D asset creator company  Fansea used  Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printing technology to make 3D printed collectibles from the virtual world.  The company was created in 2020 by Alexander Schlicher who combined his interest in...

TRUMPF 3D prints titanium brake levers for Trickstuff’s bicycles

As part of a collaboration with Trickstuff, a provider of bike-related products, machine manufacturer TRUMPF produced titanium brake levers, showing this way the potential of its metal 3D printing machines for the bike industry. Brake...

Decathlon creates new 3D printed shoe concept with Lonati Group and HP

Decathlon’s latest footwear concept features a midsole and outsole produced using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology and Lonati’s knitted uppers. The 3D printed shoes were showcased at the latest textile trade fair ITMA in Milan. Shoe...

POC unveils Elicit Ti 3D printed titanium cycling glasses

We have seen glasses in many shapes but this is probably the first time that we witness the combination of titanium and AM for the production of cycling glasses. These accessories are usually made...

HRL Laboratories’ 3D Printable Aluminum also joins the selective use of Formula One’s AM materials

In less than a week, we saw two announcements related to new materials approved for use in the world’s fastest race cars. On the heels of Constellium’s Aheadd® CP1 aluminium additive manufacturing powder, HRL...

Porsche and Puma unveil new collection of 3D printed sneakers: 3D MTRX Sneakers

Puma and Porsche Design joined forces to develop a limited collection of 3D printed sneakers: the 3D Mtrx sneaker. This is not the first collaboration of both brands whose fans had witnessed four years ago...

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