3d printing and the Olympics

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We’ve already seen some great successes so far, but the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are still on and there’s always something 3d printing related curiosity around the competitors to help them to their desired gold medal!

 

Mostly known about their cars, BMW now really takes part in the olympic games. They’ve aided the swimming team in preparing by analyzing their technique with the motion tracking system used in their cars, and 3d printed, body-mounted LEDs!

Another cool addition from BMW to the games is their aerodynamic, carbon-based, 3d printed racing wheelchair for the US Paralympic Track and Field team, with custom designed, 3d printed gloves for each racers, to maximise their performance, while minimising injuries.

 

It’s really no surprise that Nike is also preparing with some new developments like the new Nike footwear collection, with each piece designed for one specific sport event, mostly with special 3d printed insoles, for extra traction and comfort, or it’s also worth to mention the Nike Aeroswift Tape with it’s tiny aerodynamic spikes. The development of both the tape and the shoes was heavily sped up by 3d printing for it allowed for rapid prototyping during the process.

 

Also keep your eyes on the french cycling team, because seven athletes got specially designed, 3d printed Jet One handlebars on their bikes, which are highly rigid, and exceptionally light, not to mention their aerodynamic qualities.

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