New Hampshire Patent of the Month – January 2021

Since its creation, 3D printing has been used for a number of applications in various different industries. From the arts to medical sciences, people have created statues, architectural models, children’s toys, and even medical implants and have found a way to incorporate 3D printing technology into just about anything. Now, Bauer Hockey Inc. has found a way to utilize 3D printing in the realm of sports by creating new woven material for sporting equipment. 

Because Bauer Hockey’s sporting equipment is constructed in three dimensions, it is more resistant to delamination than other sporting equipment construction. Usually material is woven in two directions, warp (X) and weft (Y), however, 3D printing adds a third Z-direction in weaving. This third dimension makes the weaving stronger which is needed in sports as we are not usually gentle on our sporting equipment. The fibres for weaving can be carbon, glass, aramids, and others suitable for the process. The weaving process includes a series of tows (a group of fibres), which can be used to create multiple different shapes for different applications such as baseball hats, lacrosse sticks, protective equipment, and even hockey tape. 

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