DES PLAINES, Ill. & REDWOOD CITY, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Riddell and Carbon have teamed up to bring custom digital design innovation to head protection with Riddell’s new Diamond helmet platform. Powered by Carbon, the new platform features a 3D printed mesh liner that is digitally manufactured using Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis â¢ (DLS â¢) technology. The technology is initially available in the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmet model, which includes the process of scanning the head and adjusting the Riddell Precision-Fit helmet. The result is next-generation head protection for today’s athletes – a personalized, 3D printed helmet liner that precisely hugs the athlete’s head.
âRiddell is known for his leadership in head protection. Our partnership with Carbon, the leading digital manufacturer in Silicon Valley, reinforces our commitment to advancing the protection of football players on the pitch, âsaid Thad Ide, senior vice president of research and product development at Riddell . âAs the first to use digital manufacturing in football helmets, Riddell maintains its leadership in the industry by embracing promising new technologies and advancing our roadmap for innovation today and into the future. . ”
âAt Carbon, we believe in using the power of technology to advance innovation. Our platform enables companies like Riddell to make products that were never thought possible, âsaid CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Joseph DeSimone. âWith this partnership, Riddell becomes one of the largest users of 3D printers in the world. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of digital manufacturing of protective equipment. ”
The core technology uses a custom-designed, highly cushioning carbon elastomer in the form of a trellis structure to create the helmet liner. The Carbon Lattice Engine uses physical simulation and optimization techniques to adjust structures to better manage linear and rotational impact energies. Each helmet is made up of over 140,000 individual spacers, carefully orchestrated in patterns to mitigate impact forces while providing excellent comfort and fit. The result is a shock-absorbing, printed DLS Carbon helmet liner designed to advance state-of-the-art head protection. Riddell’s proprietary database of over 5 million impacts captured by Riddell’s smart helmet technology will enable personalized and individualized tuning of truss structures in the future.
Carbon’s recent breakthroughs in software, hardware and materials make the Diamond platform possible. The very latest advancements in the Carbon platform include the new L1 printer and custom resin material. The L1, also unveiled by Carbon today, is specially designed and built to produce on a large scale. The custom resin used to print the mesh structures of Diamond Coatings has been engineered specifically to meet Riddell’s stringent performance requirements.
“As someone who has spent thousands of hours watching movies, I know no two players play the same,” said Riddell’s strategic advisor and brand ambassador. Peyton Manning. âThey all have different styles and trends on the pitch, which is another key advantage of Riddell’s Diamond technology. With the SpeedFlex Precision Diamond, players not only benefit from the latest technology in head protection, but they can also dictate the location of the helmet to improve sight lines and maximize vision on the pitch.
Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmets were used by select players on most NFL teams during the 2018 season and will be commercially available on a limited basis at the elite level starting in 2019.
For more information on Riddell Diamond technology, please visit www.riddell.com/diamond and www.Carbon3d.com/ProtectItAll and join the conversation on #ProtectItAll.
Riddell is a leading designer and developer of football helmets, protective sports gear, head impact monitoring technology, clothing and related accessories. A recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation, Riddell is the leading manufacturer of football helmets and shoulder pads, and a leading provider of reconditioning services (cleaning, repair, repainting and recertification of existing equipment) . For more information, visit our website at http://www.riddell.com, like Riddell’s Facebook page, or follow Riddell on Instagram and Twitter @RiddellSports.
Carbon’s mission is to reinvent the way polymer products are designed, manufactured, manufactured and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. Based in Silicon Valley, Carbon brings together innovations in software, hardware and molecular science to deliver cutting-edge digital manufacturing solutions. With Carbon’s revolutionary Digital Light Synthesis â¢ technology and its wide range of programmable liquid resins, manufacturers can unlock new business opportunities such as mass customization, on-demand inventory, and previously impossible product designs. The Carbon platform enables customers to uniquely create differentiated products while reducing waste and accelerating time to market. To learn more, visit www.Carbon3d.com, like Carbon’s Facebook page, or follow Carbon on Instagram and Twitter at @Carbon.