Friday, May 31, 2013

3D printing.. more thoughts

Shapeways is interesting. Shapeways is a service that started in Holland and it is basically 3D printing on demand. So instead of buying your own rather expensive 3D printer - you send your CAD design to Shapeways and they print it for you, using their big commercial 3D printers.

So why and how could this be interesting for Floorball?

We do not know, at least not yet.
But in principle if you have a great CAD design, eh well designs like these does not just jump out of a hat - someone must know fairly well how to do this and make the design work.
However and guess what,  such a design could be a custom designed blade for a Floorball stick - maybe even including a basic logo in the blade...

So what is next? Probably to figure out if any of the plastic materials used for 3D printing would in some way work for a blade. The other way to get around this the material question, and exactly have the perfect plastic mix in a blade - you print a negative mold by using 3D printing and then make almost individual blades of any plastic mixture u like,, but its not real 3d printing is it?.

Hm, we wonder if someone already now are experimenting with homemade CAD designs to be used at services like Shapeways and if we will see the first attempts for customly designed Floorball blades soo.  Yes we know, the fitting to a shaft must be done very precise so you may fit the shaft, that you want to play around with.
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!