Carbon 3D and Riddell have recently partnered to incorporate personalized and digitalized design modification in “head security” with the help of advanced Diamond helmet model produced by Riddell. This advance helmet platform has an inherent lattice liner which has custom 3D printed parts digitally created by the proprietary DLS or Digital Light Synthesis technology of Carbon 3D. This technology helps in creating custom 3D printed parts like that found in Riddell Speed Flex Precision Diamond Helmet platform. The DLS technology used by Carbon 3D performs proper scanning of the athlete’s head and then comes up with a customized fit. The outcome of such an innovative method is a custom 3D printed part — a helmet liner that is tailored to fit the athlete’s head. This partnership between Carbon 3D and Riddell will strongly assist Riddell to be one of the biggest users of the 3D printing technology in all over the world.

As mentioned by Joe DeSimone, the co-founder, and CEO of Carbon 3D, they focus on developing the technology to create outstanding innovation and thus, address some of the real issues faced on a daily basis. Through this partnership with Riddell, Carbon 3D is bringing about innovative developments by creating next-level head protection especially meant for the athletes. The Senior Vice President of Research and Development of Riddell, Thad Ide, said that, Riddell is popular for being among the top ones that offer head protection. He believes that partnering with Carbon 3D will help them in strengthening their focus towards ensuring on-field safety for the footballers. By enhancing the digital technology in the production of football helmets, Riddell is capable of carrying forward the legacy of industry leadership by inculcating innovative and advanced technologies.

The material used in making the helmets:

Riddel X Carbon

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The primary technology used in making the custom 3D printed parts, i.e., the Riddell’s 3D printed lattice liner incorporates a custom designed and largely saturated elastomer created by Carbon 3D. This Lattice engine from Carbon 3D utilizes the physical simulation and augmentation methods to harmonize the innate structures to control the emerging linear and rotational forces. Individual football helmets comprise of 140,000 single struts or more that are minutely coordinated to form patterns so as to vitiate the impact energies and ensure outstanding comfortability and fitting. This Diamond platform created by Carbon 3D is so effective because of the advancements made in software and hardware. The recent advancements include L1 printer and tailor-made resin material that helps in producing custom 3D printed parts. The L1 printer has been introduced after M2 and M1 printers launched by Carbon 3D. The L1 printer, however, has the capability to provide you a larger build area that is nearly five times huge than M2 and approximately ten times greater than M1. This is, therefore, the appropriate solution to the ever-increasing large-volume production.

Now that we are talking about the production of custom 3D printed parts and their advantages, let us have a look at some of the applications of 3D Printing that are defying the myth that 3D Printed parts aren’t meant for high-load bearing applications.

Applications of 3D Printing:


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In the sports industry, you will find an increased use of 3D Printing technology in creating custom 3D printed parts. There are thousands of 3D printed running shoes sold by the likes of Adidas and Nike that create customized midsoles that properly fit the feet of their customers. Similarly, 3D Printing can be used to create cycling bikes, bike equipment, bike helmets, and more. Grismont Paris has come up with custom 3D printed parts like personalized golf clubs that conform to the player and his innate playing methods along with ensuring a series of marvelous golf designs. Hydrogels known as the water-swollen polymer channels are hugely used in the biomedical industry so as to restore and recreate various load-bearing soft tissues such as blood vessels, body tendons, and more. These hydrogels are created from Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU) that have increased strength.
Thus, we see how 3D Printing is crucial in today’s world where you can develop variously advanced custom 3D printed parts that can be used efficiently in various industries. The partnership between Carbon 3D and Riddell to build helmet liners is a representation of the classic use of 3D Printing technology in the sports field. The 3D Printing process has also been widely used in high-strength and load-bearing applications and is thus emerging as an outstanding manufacturing technology globally.

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