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U.S. Team Wins First Winter Olympics Silver Medal with 3D Print Sled

Date: 2018-05-22
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Source: Zhongguancun

3D printing appeared on the highly anticipated Olympic venues, and equipment exclusively for athletes was also used for 3D printing. In the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the United States won the first Olympic medal in the men's solo competition.


U.S. Team Wins First Winter Olympics Silver Medal with 3D Print Sled


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Chris Mazzel won a silver medal - equal to the best performance of the United States Olympic sled team. In the past, the U.S. Olympians won bronze and silver medals for women's singles and men's doubleslides. For years, the German and Austrian teams have dominated the sport. In the sled race, the players lie flat on their feet and place them on a sled. They can slide on the icy track at a speed of 140 kilometers per hour. The rider controls the speed of the sled by changing the position of the foot or moving his shoulders.


The superb technical level must also be matched with superb game equipment. The American team uses 3D printing technology. In 3D printing, the 3D model is first created as a file or document on a computer. The printer uses plastic or metal to create physical objects. The process involves making a layer of material at a time until the object is made complete. The U.S. sleigh team worked with a U.S. company called Scheotas to develop the skid design and manufacturing process.


First scan the body of each member of the team. Then, 3D printing technology was used to make tools for the sleigh's top Olympiad-shaped mold. The process of designing and processing sled parts is very complicated and may take several weeks. 3D printing can greatly simplify the process and produce parts in a matter of hours, and 3D printing is ideal for pursuing precise last-minute changes.



U.S. Team Wins First Winter Olympics Silver Medal with 3D Print Sled


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When researchers learn more about aerodynamics and optimize designs, these changes can be made very quickly and quickly. Using 3D printing technology to make the team more competitive will help the team constantly adjust the design and run them faster on the track. 3D printing allows each rider to adapt to the sled perfectly while reducing production time and costs.


This is not the first time that 3D printing technology has dissolved in the Olympics. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, sports have used 3D printing technology to improve their equipment. Snowboard manufacturer CABiTA uses a 3D printer to create stronger sidewalls for its skis. This process is called FUS3D. It connects the plastic side walls to the wooden center of the wood. This technology won the annual product award from the International Sports Organization. It uses Human foot scanning completes proper guide insertion within minutes.


In the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, Nike was the "flyer" Allyson Felix. Before the Olympic Games began, he tailored a 3D printed high-performance spiked ZoomSuperflyFlyknit to achieve a breakthrough in the 200m and 400m sprints. Developed through sophisticated design and superb stitching technology. During the production process, Felix can personally conduct the wearing test and provide feedback.


The engineer got the relevant data and made timely adjustments to achieve the perfect match between the shoes and Felix's powerful body functions. Nike is also planning to design a tailor-made pair of shoes for a 100-meter female because fatigue caused by prolonged exercise will affect explosiveness. Nike designers use 3D scanning technology to study marine life and eventually develop a The sole structure of the mesh is intended to help Fraser-Pryce to alleviate short-term fatigue through a lightweight material that is reasonably stiff.



U.S. Team Wins First Winter Olympics Silver Medal with 3D Print Sled


NIKEZoomSuperflyFlyknit


In addition to track and field, 3D printing on the swimming project also spared no effort. In the process of preparation for the Olympic Games by the US swimming team, BMW provided a brand new training solution called "Taillights", which includes the LED group developed by BMW. These LED lights can shine under water. By attaching tiny LED lights to the wrists, shoulders, buttocks, knees, hips, toes of athletes, the swim track of athletes can be marked to facilitate coaches. Each movement of the athlete is evaluated efficiently, and these LED patches are being printed by 3D.



U.S. Team Wins First Winter Olympics Silver Medal with 3D Print Sled


China also uses this technology


As a versatile player, 3D printing is also a part of the bicycle program. Seven French athletes are equipped with 3D print handles on their bicycles. They are tailor-made and jointly developed by the French Bicycle Association, Erpro & Sprint and S2A. The structure of these handles provides a very high rigidity while also greatly reducing the weight of the bicycle.


The benefits brought by the 3D printing in the Olympic Games are self-evident. 3D printing has penetrated into the daily lives of people, providing people with a lot of convenience and efficiency.


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