The advent of 3D printing looks set to be one of those inventions with the potential to impact on nearly every aspect of human life in the 21st Century. The scope for the use of 3D printing sports equipment is no different. At every stage of the process, from design right through to manufacture, this exciting and innovative technology is saving companies time and money for sports equipment and sportswear manufacturers.
For a variety of reasons, many big companies have taken to using 3D printing. Prototypes can be built at a fraction of the cost, making this stage in the creation of new sports equipment more time and cost-effective. Also, significant savings can be made in the manufacturing process, saving costs on shipping and the import of foreign parts. As well as money, the use of 3D printing sports equipment saves companies significant time and physical space. With some of the industrial 3D printers able to produce an object in a matter of a few hours, companies can manufacture to order and it removes the time-old problem of unsold stock on shelves. This leads on to the next major benefit; less waste. The traditional manufacturing process led to an inevitable waste of both materials and energy. The use of 3D printing sports equipment in manufacturing also mean less harm is done to the wider environment.
Applications of 3D Printing Sports
Due to the ability to easily, cheaply and quickly personalize an object, 3D printing sports items in the industry is a growing phenomenon. From Nike and New Balance using 3D printing sports shoes, to Giant Bicyle's highly personalized 3D printed bicycle seats to Speedo's use of the technology in goggle prototyping, the limits for this exciting new technology are seemingly as boundless as the human imagination itself.