Additive manufacturing (AM) is gradually beginning to find its way outside the sectors that have so far seen a need for unique spare parts or prostheses. We will see a plethora of 3D-printed tools and gadgets in the coming years.
The British company Hexr was founded by Jamie Cook , who in his research at Oxford University realized that there were better ways to design bicycle helmets.
After many years of development work, Hexr has now succeeded in developing a helmet that is produced uniquely for each customer with the help of 3D printers. But first the unique shape of the skull must be analyzed. Then a hood is sent home in the mailbox, and through your own app, your fragile head is scanned so that a perfect image can be sent to production in England.
The unique structure is reminiscent of a honeycomb, and should, according to Cook, ensure optimal absorption of energy. The beautiful mesh inner shell is printed in a material called Polyamide 11, which is renewable and created from castor oil. No large stocks are needed as the helmets are only produced to order.
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