These New 3D Printing Things Appeared at the Tokyo Olympics


Whether it’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s 3D printed running shoes or the French Cycling Federation’s custom handlebars, Olympians tend to trust 3D printing technology more when personalizing equipment. The last few tenths of a second means success and fail.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) worked with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to 3D print 98 podiums for the Olympic awards ceremony. 

The podium is made of plastic recycled from more than 2,000 locations in Japan and bears the Olympic logo made of recycled aluminum, which will be used during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

These New 3D Printing Things Appeared at the Tokyo Olympics| 3D printed podium

Since Nike's Zoom Superfly Elite running shoes helped Shirley Ann Fraser Price win two more medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, rival Adidas has made significant progress in its own 3D printed footwear.

The company worked closely with Carbon to develop the Futurecraft 4D series of running shoes, designed to meet every wearer's movement, cushioning, stability and comfort needs.

These New 3D Printing Things Appeared at the Tokyo Olympics| 3D printed soles

Recently, the two companies tried to combine software and robotics technology to create the Futurecraft STRUNG trainer. This trainer is constructed in a way that allows each thread to accurately fit the contours of the runner's foot. In addition, there is an upgraded 4DFWD. In the midsole, it is reported that athletes can reduce peak braking force by an average of 15%.

From August 12, 2021, Adidas' next-generation running shoes optimized by 3D printing will be worn by multiple athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, including all the medal winners of the event, and then global consumers can easily buy them.

Renishaw supports the UK team

At the same time, 3D printer manufacturer Renishaw is trying to design a new track bike for the British cycling team through cooperation with Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology to help its home team get a chance before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

These New 3D Printing Things Appeared at the Tokyo Olympics| 3D printed bicycle

Zortrax helps the shooting champion

Elsewhere, in a very different additive manufacturing application, multiple world shooting champions Céline Goberville collaborated with Athletics 3D to create highly customized pistol grips.

The custom ergonomic grip produced using the Zortrax M300 Dual machine is designed to help the French athlete achieve the most accurate shots in the project of her choice: 10-meter air pistol shooting.

These New 3D Printing Things Appeared at the Tokyo Olympics| 3D printed shooting gun

"When installing a pistol grip, some athletes will use a very scientific method. My sister and I [also a competitive shooter] shoot based on feeling," Goberville explained.

"When it feels right on the shooting range, the pistol is correct. That's why we tested multiple prototypes. I believe that in competitive 10-meter air pistol shooting, 30% to 40% of the final result is technical Caused."

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