Sporting goods are an attractive market for additive manufacturing, but what are the practical needs for these applications to be successful? What are hard goods, and how do they compare to well-publicized AM projects like footwear? Azul 3D will share their experience partnering with Wilson Sporting Goods to bring an additively manufactured pickleball paddle to market — a project that pushed the boundaries of 3D printing and enabled a new road map for manufacturing. We will discuss desirable material properties for different sport application examples, how to set expectations with respect to timeline and volumes and how to consider the expanded interplay between materials and geometry when both can be customized. We will also dive into the key aspects of additive manufacturing that you need to leverage in order to make a product both economically viable and functional. Additive manufacturing is ready to make the leap into manufacturing with the tools available today. It just takes an understanding of how exactly you need to apply them.
- List the key attributes to consider when qualifying a 3D-printed material.
- Determine the key areas of 3D printing that need to be leveraged for sports equipment.
- Describe the interplay between materials and geometries.