This 3DPrinted Football Helmet Liner Can Help Keep Athletes Safe

first_img Football equipment giant Riddell and 3D printing firm Carbon are collaborating on a new innovation to help keep athletes safe on the field: A 3D-printed football helmet liner.On Friday, Riddell and Carbon in a press release said they aim to create high-tech head protection through Riddell’s new Diamond helmet platform. The platform will feature the liner, which was digitally manufactured with Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology. This technology, which is available in Riddell’s Speed Flex Precision Diamond helmet model, will give athletes a personalized, 3D-printed helmet liner suited for their safety needs.The liners will be made with a custom-designed elastomer from Carbon, which will come in the form of a lattice structure. With this elastomer, the Carbon Lattice Engine uses physical simulation and optimization techniques to manage linear and rotational impact energies. Each helmet has more than 140,000 individual struts, which are carefully formed into patterns to provide athletes with high-tech comfort, fit, and head protection.Photo Credit: Carbon Inc./YouTubeThe liner’s flexibility is a key benefit for football players: It can go back to its original shape if it experiences any physical impact that alters its form, Engadget reported. In addition to the liner, athletes will also experience Riddell’s Precision Fit head scanning and helmet fitting process, and together, both deliver a highly customized fit for safety.Riddell said its SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Helmets were used by some NFL players during the 2018 season. The company anticipates that the helmet will be commercially available on a limited basis this year, which could help boost player safety moving forward. Riddell did not disclose a price or official release date for the high-tech helmet yet.To see Riddell and Carbon’s 3D-printed football helmet liner in action, you can watch Carbon’s video on YouTube.More on Geek.com: Fur Baby Football: How to Watch Puppy Bowl XV and Kitten Bowl VI This 10-Year-Old Won a Science Fair By ‘Proving’ Tom Brady Is a CheaterLA or Boston: Uber Will Give Losing Super Bowl Fans a Free Ride Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on targetlast_img

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