Tessa’s Weekly Picks – Protected by 3D Printing


Tessa Blokland  

Carbon Riddell 3D Printed Helmet

3D printing is the perfect technology when producing personalized protective tools for professionals on any work floor. When working you do not want to be bothered with adjusting your protective gear, the gear should be fitted to your body. I have found some really nice 3D examples of protective gear for various professions.

Yes, full-body contact sport, like football, is also work; at least for a small group of professionals. Protection is key but without the weight and uncomfortable fit. Here you can see customized 3D printed head protection (also up top) precisely contoured to the athlete’s head, designed and customized by Riddell with the 3D printing technology, materials, and know-how by Carbon.

For more repetitive work, both BMW as well as Jaguar Landrover identified the specific needs of their employees on the factory floor. The lightweight 3D printed glove could help better protect employees of Jaguar Landrover from the threat of a musculoskeletal disorder. BMW also came up with a 3D printed solution for its employees on the assembly lines, where workers are required to fit rubber plugs into drain holes to seal them during the painting process. In order to guard against straining the thumb muscle, a 3D printed orthotic device was designed that covers the worker’s thumb “like a second skin.”

If you like cycling, especially on rough terrain, good protection is vital! What about this 3D printed polymer knee shell from Rockingtor, presented at Eurobike 2016? Because of the relatively flexible material, the shell won’t crack that easily and will absorb the strength of impacts.

The 3D-printed shin guard, developed and designed by Zweikampf, is inspired by the model of the Samurai. The shin guards are lightweight and thanks to its geometry shocks are distributed across the surface of the guard, muting the full impact at any single point. The texture of the structure prevents socks to drop down, as well.

The last example of protective gear for professionals is the 3D printed ballet shoes by design graduate Hadar Neeman. According to the website, the 3D printed pointe shoes could last three times longer than the traditional handmade counterparts. The 3D printed P-rouette pointe shoe aims to reduce the risk of injury for the dancer and enables the user to dance on the tiptoes with less pain than when using traditional shoes.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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