Markus Glasser is the Senior Vice President (SVP) of top industrial 3D printer manufacturer EOS, which has collaborated with Uk-centered Hexo Helmets to acquire 3D printed bicycle helmets. Just lately Glasser attended the launch function of the Hexo Helmets, held at the Alphabeta setting up in London, wherever we had been ready to converse and study more about the 3D printed headgear.
Also attending the occasion had been BBC broadcaster Simon Brotherton, and Australian former professional street bicycle racer Simon Gerrans, who is an trader in the helmet. The two held a dialogue with Jamie Cox, CEO of Hexo Helmets, chatting about the capabilities of this custom-healthy headgear.
At the occasion, Cox mentioned that “The breakthrough is in 3D printing certification, which has permitted us to make these sophisticated buildings, mainly because if you try and develop a curved honeycomb construction you would have to distort the cells (of Polyamide 11), until you 3D print it.”
Immediately after their dialogue, we sat down with Markus Glasser to examine the generating of the helmets, the collaboration with Hexo, and the future of customer-primarily based 3D printing certification.
The rewards of 3D printing certification Hexo Helmets with P11
Integral to the framework of the helmet is its 3D printed honeycomb shell, which allows improved harm absorption in comparison to a flat floor structure. Glasser stated that the shell was 3D printed with Polyamide 11 (P11) applying SLS. Only the prime shelf of the helmet was not 3D printed. The Hexo helmets ended up generated by two manufacturing organizations that have EOS 3D printers in-dwelling,just one found in the British isles, and the other in Denmark.
“The reward of 3D printing certification in standard is that you can integrate functionality into the piece,” said Glasser. “P11 gives a specific practicality. Hexo requested that the aspect should really never ever ever split or splinter, and for this P11 is very very good.”
Polyamide 11, which features successful tensile properties, effect resistance and substantial fatigue, is derived from 100% renewable carbon sources. It consequently permits the manufacturing of industrial, environmentally-friendly functional components with strong mechanical attributes.
“Polyamide 11 is a environmentally friendly content, so aside from its mechanical attributes, it can be really properly recycled,” adds Glasser. “So this is one particular advantage. And then you have numerous applications in the activity marketplace.”
“In common, there is now a combination of polyamide 11 and shopper products. So you’ll see in the next couple of a long time that the client market place will develop appreciably.”
EOS had an integral purpose in the enhancement of the helmet. The enterprise discovered the P11 content as important to supplying the wished-for homes for Hexo. “We operate on answers. we attempt to come across a resolution for a unique merchandise and then the purchasers can decide, all right, this is my solution” commented Glasser.
“You have new supplies which offers you more new programs and the thought that you have various attributes. Perhaps quite soft components, quite adaptable parts, quite rigid sections. So, it is the components that is quite crucial. Also vital is that we have our consulting workforce which can establish sections, which is now possibly performed in standard manufacturing. And then we can consult with the cast and say seem, this portion would be super to establish in 3D printing certification.”
Outside the house of the job with Hexo helmets, Glasser suggests materials is some thing EOS is on the lookout to proceed doing the job on.
“Material is vital. Substance is anything we know we will acquire much more and a lot more. In our ecosystem at EOS we have different product providers, where by we do the job to electric power the firms in the materials surroundings.”
Mass customizability for consumers
The Hexo helmet signifies a consumer software of 3D printing certification. It is designed to match just about every user’s head measurements exactly utilizing the Hexo Helmets scanning application, providing mass customizability as very well as safety for cyclists.
However the business is not the very first to generate a helmet in this way, Hexo does believe the solution is a breakthrough particularly for cycle helmets. The regular formula for cycle helmets “hasn’t been innovated for 60 years” claimed Jamie Cox at the start occasion. “So the strategy to attempt and use new know-how to basically enhance basic safety was truly fascinating for me.”
On the likely of the Hexo Helmet as a breakthrough for protective headgear, Glasser also additional “I assume this helmet software is a wonderful application for mass customization. I assume this helmet is so shut to all of us, and this is the wonderful point. I believe if you distribute it and you know everybody understands what a street helmet is, and then an individual has diverse…