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LA Dodgers go with 3D printed logos on matte helmets for new MLB season

Florida based 3D printing service and 3D printer reseller Dimension Works used the ULTRA 3SP 3D printing hardware from EnvisionTEC to supply custom 3D printed logos for the LA Dodgers’ new helmets, in anticipation of the new MLB season. The Dodgers are not new at playing around 3D printing since Laura and Janne Kyttanen’s Pixweet launched their Pixsweet 3D printed custom ice pops startup at Dodgers’ Stadium Season Opening last year.

As ESPN reported, the Dodgers unveiled the new matte-finish batting helmets for their home opener with the unique team’s familiar interlocking “LA” logo raised from the helmet shell instead of being flat against it, creating a three-dimensional effect. The “LA” lettering projects outward only about three millimeters from the helmet’s surface, but that’s enough to create a noticeable sense of depth unlike anything seen on a typical batting helmet.

Of the other 29 MLB teams, 28 of them use flat decals for their helmet logos. The Chicago Cubs use an adhesive embroidered cloth patch that provides a greater sense of texture, but it doesn’t create the same 3D effect as the Dodgers’ new headwear mark.

The 3D effect on the baseball helmet is similar to the football nose bumper logos, which are made from rubber and cast from molds. Due to the low numbers involved, the logos on the Dodgers’ helmets are plastic and were produced on a 3D printer. They were supplied by Pro Helmet Decals, a Florida vendor with broad experience in sports graphics, who turned to Dimension Works for the 3D printing services.

As an EnvisionTEC partner, Dimension Works leverage 30+ years in manufacturing, product development and design to help their clients innovate with efficiency and reduced costs. Services include professional grade 3D printers and materials from EnvisionTEC, prototyping and 3D printing services, with supporting design services.

 

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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