From ergonomic (and perfectly shaped) seats to custom handlebars and endless other custom-made possibilities, 3D printing in sports now seems to offer numerous possibilities to those athletes who can afford these totally tailor-made accessories.
An example is the collaboration between Sara Bertolasi and Elmec Informatica. During the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Italian athlete managed to compete despite an injury to the ischium, thanks to an ergonomic seat and trolley, designed and made by the Italian company upon her requests.
From 3D printed prototypes to competitions
Following the example of the most advanced applications in the medical field, in recent times companies have realised the potential of this technology for a 100% customised production, for athletes who bring their tools and accessories to the race.
Modern sport has reached such a level of competition that, in order to make a difference, it is necessary to resort to every smallest opportunity for improvement.
Tools like the 3D printing now allow you to manage every detail of the object you create, whether it's a handlebar, a brake lever, a seat or any other accessory or sportswear.
3D printing in sport: endless potential to overcome modern limits
It is enough to look back at what happened in the last century, even though it was marked by two world wars and numerous conflicts and criticalities, to realise how much technology has done for sports at large, starting from tools and accessories that no amateur would consider using today, except at funfairs.
3D printing for the sport of the future
What is certain is that 3D printing already has a role in many areas related to sport and that its contribution is no longer limited to prototyping or training, but goes down to the field of competition to offer a concrete contribution and, in many cases, to change the approach of athletes to their exercise.
The ultimate goal is to use these 3D technologies for large-scale production, giving the end customer the ability to print their own running t-shirt, football shoes or a tennis wristband. We are, therefore, witnessing a rapid evolution of 3D printing in the world of clothing and technical sports equipment, whose application are still not entirely known.