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A futuristic racquet produced by 3D printing and additive manufacturing

News International-French

18 Dec 2014

CRP Technology has produced an unusual tennis racquet grip in association with two students from the Rimini Academy of Fine Arts.

The idea started with two young men, Mario Coppola and Salvatore Gallo, studying on the product design degree course.

The project, in which the company played a key role by constructing the prototype with its Windform materials, has involved a whole new approach to the design of tennis racquet grips.

The main aim was to make the grip more aerodynamic and responsive, combined with distinctive styling. As well as their very striking appearance, the remodelled parts also incorporate the results of aerodynamic research intended to improve the player’s match performance.

The prototype was designed by breaking the tennis rack down into its three fundamental parts: the handle, the neck and the head. Structural variants were developed for each of them. At the same time, work was carried out on the entire frame to achieve the maximum uniformity and balance. The changes made delivered fundamental improvements in the racquet’s performance, introducing a new-concept racquet with changes to its structure, form and details.

CRP Technology decided to support the two designers in their project.

Thanks to the professional printers installed in the additive manufacturing department, it was possible to create the racquet as a single monolithic piece. It was constructed in the top-of-the-range material, Windform XT 2.0, for the very best reliability and performance.

This material is particularly popular with those working in the motorsport and space industries due to its mechanical properties, which make it one of the most high-performance materials on the laser sintering scene. Carbon fibre filled and polyamide-based, Windform XT 2.0 is used in applications requiring high resistance to stresses and damage, combined with exceptionally light weight due to the carbon in its make-up.

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