In this vertical category segment, you will find information on he use of additive manufacturing in professional sports.

The use of additive manufacturing in motorsports was one of the very first real end-use parts production applications. In Formula 1 top teams like Mercedes and Ferrari have been using 3D printing for various applications for more than a decade. Mercedes uses metal 3D printing service providers for final part production and Ferrari has recently installed two Renishaw metal PBF 3D printers. However, both teams have also been heavy users of AM for prototyping and Ferrari, in particular, has used 3D printing for composite tooling. More recently McLaren and Sabuer-Alfa Romeo also publicized their use of additive manufacturing. Likewise, several NASCAR (Team Penske with Stratasys and Hendrik Motorsports with Cincinnati Inc among others) and Indycar racing teams have been known to use 3D printing. Former NASCAR champion Keselowski even went as far as founding his own metal 3D printing service provider.

Closer to actual consumers, 3D printing has been used to both develop and produce a number of consumer sporting equipment products and parts. These include snowboarding bindings, goggles, ski boots, golf clubs, and many more products. In terms of directly 3D printed products, professional football helmets are paving the way to better consumer helmets at all levels, while iin hockey the same can be said for mouthguards.  entire recreational sporting vehicles such as an underwater scooter and several types of entire bicycles (and eBikes such as this one from Arevo) and bicycle parts. Carbon’s technology, in particular, is now being used to 3D print bike saddles, by fizik and Specialized among others.

  • The Mission R is the latest vision from Porsche. With this study of a fully electric GT racing car, the pioneer for sustainable mobility shows what customer motorsport could look like in the future. And the 3D printed lattice seats ensure maximum comfort. Mission R merges real racing and esports.…

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  • Procter & Gamble in partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the International Olympics Committee officially unveiled the podiums for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 medal award ceremonies. For the first time in history, the ceremony will be held on a 3D printed Olympic podium manufactured using…

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  • Leavine Family Racing selected the MakerBot‘s METHOD X 3D printer to leverage MakerBot’s portfolio of materials and advanced thermoplastics available for both rapid prototyping and end-use parts. METHOD’s ability to print at extremely high temperatures was also a benefit for Leavine, which needed materials with high strength and high heat resistance…

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  • The parts fitted together with a part made using electron beam melting

    The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), a United Kingdom research center, created a high-stress automotive part using electron beam melting. This AM process is typically reserved for aerospace manufacturing. NCAM translated this aerospace technology to build a critical automotive part in a Formula-grade electrical racing vehicle for Oxford Brookes…

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  • Cupra HP racecar

    Spanish sports car brand CUPRA is seeing the benefits of adopting 3D printing on the racetrack. The company, which has integrated 3D printed components made using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology into its new CUPRA Leon Competición vehicle, has reported greater efficiency in its production process thanks to AM. The…

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  • Showing off during tests at the Barcelona Circuit, Additive Industries‘ Technology Partner F1 team Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen dropped its special snakeskin livery camouflage on the C39 and revealed the latest changes in the 2020 season bodywork. Race drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, alongside reserve driver Robert Kubica and…

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  • NOW, an innovative Swiss snowboarding products company (part of the Nidecker Group), and Addit-ion, a Barcelona-based studio of Artificial Intelligence design specialists, have unveiled the first-ever 3D-printed A.I. BINDING, entirely designed by Artificial Intelligence. Part of Nidecker Group, NOW is a rider-owned company, with the goal of improving snowboarding through creating innovative, relevant…

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  • Protect3D NFL $50K

    Protect3d, a North Carolina-based startup specializing in customized medical devices for athletes, has been awarded $50,000 by the National Football League (NFL) through its 1st and Future competition. The company, which pitched its business in the category of Innovations to Advance Health and Safety, received top prize among four other…

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  • Sir Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK are implementing metal AM technology from Renishaw in their bid to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain (where the competition originated). As the team’s official precision measurement and additive manufacturing (AM) partner, Renishaw is contributing its engineering expertise to aid and fast track…

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  • JAMADE Germany, a company focusing on the development and production of electrically powered sports equipment, developed and serially produced the AMAZEA underwater scooter using large format extrusion 3D printing technology. This marks a significant new era for digital mass production, as the AMAZEA will feature an impressive 75% 3D printed parts…

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