“Riddell’s Precision Fit”, the American football helmet helps to avoid concussions with 3D scanning

Riddell, the Rosemont-based American football equipment manufacturer (in Illinois), is developing a range of customized football helmets with the help of 3D scanning.

This personalized helmet helps to prevent injuries related to this sport. The reality is that American football is a contact sport marked by encounters where players receive numerous shocks that already resulted in serious injuries, including concussions.

That is why, to considerably reduce these cases of injuries, the manufacturer Riddell decided to develop this personalized helmet project. Still in their prototyping phase, the more the helmets will be personalized, the more players will be protected.

In order to make these helmets, Riddell team simply captures a detailed 3D scan of a player’s head, both in and out of the helmet. Using its proprietary software, the company can then use 3D scanning to model a customixssed lining for the helmet. The lining consists of eight custom pads that are machined from an energy-saving polyurethane composite material. The material would then have different densities that are capable of performing different functions.

At this exact moment, no information on this helmet’s cost has been disclosed. The company recently carried out a helmet BETA stadium and stated its innovative lineup of equipment will be available in time for the (National Football League) NFL 2017 season, which begins in September.

Kety S.

Corporate communication and content marketing specialist at 3D Adept, Kety has a great interest in technological innovations, precisely for the scope of 3D printing on different sectors of activity. In order to take advantage of it, a wide range of innovations still have to be discovered about the technologies that shape the world of tomorrow.