In the mobility world, Italian company Momodesign has made a distinctive mark. First founded in the early 1980s, the company has become the benchmark in the field of design for city bikes, e-bikes, helmets and accessories. This has become especially true over the last 20 years, after Momodesign launched the first demi-jet helmet for the metropolitan scooterist, which became something of an international icon. Today, Momodesign is reaching new heights with its most recent creation: Aero, an innovative helmet with a unique design and high performance features.
What makes the helmet particularly interesting to us is that Momodesign decided to use 3ntr’s 3D printing solutions in its design process, demonstrating that 3ntr is gradually becoming the Italian go-to for professional AM solutions. Here, we are talking about rapid prototyping, not end-use production. However, considering the innovative concept of Aero, 3ntr’s 3D printing solutions were able to provide an important advantage for the project.
“With Aero, Momodesign decided to revolutionize the market, using technical solutions that our competitors hadn’t had the courage to use for 50 years,” explained Mirko Rigo, Logico Design Commercial Director. “3D printing allowed us to get a working prototype in a very short time and to get the answers we wanted more easily. Furthermore, this particular technology has been helpful in finding the best solution every time we have faced a crossroads for functional and design choices.”
As one can imagine, transforming such an original concept into reality requires a demanding prototyping phase, which can be difficult to sustain in terms of costs and timing if carried out using classic production technologies. With the use of 3ntr’s printers, however, Momodesign has been able to drastically reduce costs and production times, obtaining extremely reliable prototypes at a functional level.
“We had very tight development times,” continued Rigo. “We set ourselves the goal of completing the helmet in a year and a half, when development times are usually between two and three years. Having the possibility to use pure polymers has allowed us to compare the various details made with different materials and correctly choose which one to use. The purity of the polymer that allows us to use 3ntr solutions was fundamental for us as it allowed us to reduce development time.”
The result of all this work is a helmet with futuristic, military and fantasy inspirations, combined with a series of high-tech features. These include an intelligent ventilation system with smart control (the Tornado Ventilation System, an optional accessory that can be activated through a dedicated App) and greater security to the slipping test derived from the total absence of a conventional external visor. That is, the external visor has been integrated into the helmet, thus eliminating the classic external visor movement. This decision was not just a stylistic choice, but a concrete step forward in the field of safety, given that the linearity of the helmet guarantees a reduction of the risk that, in the event of a fall, the helmet gets stuck. We can say that it’s a helmet designed specifically for motorcyclists and their needs, as Paolo Cattaneo, Momodesign’s CEO, emphasized.
“People have always been at the center of our thinking—their desires, their needs and their urban lifestyle,” he said. “The metropolis, in its continuous evolution and creation of new trends, is our source of inspiration. This is our starting point to develop new objects enriched with design, style and functionality in order to satisfy the new needs and new expectations of customers.”
Aero is a striking example of how a perfect design can significantly improve a product and of how crucial 3D printing is in transforming even the most extreme concepts into reality. The new helmet can be understood as the material incarnation of the desire to innovate—even at the level of technologies used—which has always distinguished Momodesign, now more than ever.
“We think Aero, with its unique features, can become our new iconic product and take the company into the future,” concluded Eleonora Cattaneo, Momodesign Marketing Director. “Security, design and innovation are our cornerstones and we would like to extend this vision to other models.”
The MOMODESIGN Style Center won the Red Dot Award: 2019 Product Design with the Jet AERO helmet receiving the Red Dot: Best of the Best, the highest recognition in design and innovation. On July 8th, the Red Dot Design Award 2019 award ceremony will take place at the Aalto Theather in Essen, Germany, during which Red Dot: Best of the Best winners will receive their trophies. The MOMODESIGN Style Center will be the center of attention at the Red Dot Award Gala, in front of a parterre of 1,200 guests composed of the most important exponents of international design.