From 2010 to 2015 lacrosse was the fastest growing sport in America, according to data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.
To help serve a growing number of athletes using their helmets to protect from injuries, the sports equipment company Cascade has turned to 3d printing to generate better ideas at a faster pace than with traditional manufacturing methods, saving both money and time.
“Payback-wise, printing functional flexible parts on our LulzBot TAZ 3D Printers has given us the confidence to skip prototype tooling on multiple occasions; this saves us thousands in tooling costs and months on our timelines,” Chris Laurita, a product developer at Cascade said recently. “Design-wise, we cannot put a price on being able to test out concepts that we would need tooling for in the past.”
Cascade is using the recent success of this program to spit out new helmet designs at a faster pace to collaborate with other companies in the sports equipment business, bringing their knowledge of 3d printing into partnerships with Bauer, which makes hockey equipment and Easton, known for their baseball equipment.
The printer of choice for Cascade? The Lulzbot Taz, which is known for large build volumes and the ability to print in a wide range of materials.
“The LulzBot 3D Printers brand name kept coming up as an industry leader in quality and customer service when doing research," Laurita said. “The ability to print flexible material using its Flexystruder head made choosing the Lulzbot TAZ printer an easy decision for us.”