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Digital Foam: The Sports Equipment Revolution

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There’s a good reason why so many people refer to Detroit as “Hockeytown, USA.” Home to the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, it’s a city with a rich history of exceptional athleticism on the ice and fervent fan dedication to the sport. This year, there’s no better city to host the 2022 RAPID + TCT event, because Bauer Hockey and EOS North America will guide the audience through the collaborative process of creating the performance-improving and innovative Digital Foam™ hockey helmet liner. This behind-the-scenes presentation covers all aspects of design and development, including the ability to customize each liner to fit every player perfectly, the benefits of replacing traditional foam with this unique 3D-printed liner, the material selection process and the work that went into qualifying the helmet for NHL in-game usage. Audience members will be treated to a first-hand case study of project research insights, the important role 3D technology plays in the design-to-manufacturing process for professional sports, and best practices for scaling custom-designed products at retail with additive manufacturing (AM) supply chain partners. AM is already transforming industries worldwide, and the arena of sports safety is about to get a game-changing upgrade. 

Learning Objectives:

  • How to replace a basic commodity material with an improved 3D printed replacement.
  • What a consumer product launch looks like from initial concept to final product.
  • How to create a safety standard-quantified mass-customized part.