Orlando, Florida — 3D print company Carbon won the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Presented at the recent Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the award was for the Speed Flex Precision Diamond football helmet liner.
3D print PU scoops Polyurethane Innovation Award
Carbon worked with American football equipment specialist Riddell to 3D print the liner for the helmet. It used Riddell's database of 5m athlete head impacts in the design of the liner.
Customised fit and innovative materials reduce the effects of head impacts, Carbon claimed.
'Carbon is honoured to receive the CPI's 2019 innovation award,' said Jason Rowland, senior vice president of materials at the company.
Dow's Aquachill cool coating for comfier bedding was the runner-up in the awards.
Dow said describes Aquachill as a water-based phase-change coating. Using the product with flexible foam gives sustained cooling and provides breathability, durability. The material adheres well to polyurethane, and has minimal odour.