3D printing is the latest trend today. You can find it in almost any businesses. In fact, there are 3D printed tools, house, car, gun, and food. That is why when Rio Olympics 2016 opens, 3D printing enthusiasts are on the lookout for one thing: what are the 3D printed objects at the Rio Olympics? To help you answer that question, we have compiled the astounding 3D printed objects that you will find at the Rio Olympics that will surely make you love 3D printing even more. Check it out below and enjoy.
1. 3D Motif
According to reports, Rio Olympics 2016 is using a unique 3D motif. If you’ve been following the Olympics, you would probably agree to this because 3D printing is almost everywhere in the said event, from its 3D logo, materials that the athletes use and giveaways. In fact, some sources are convinced that the 2016 Rio Olympics are heavily featuring 3D printing technology. You will learn more of this in the following items.
2. Rio Olympics 2016 3D Logo
One of the attention-grabbing attributes in every major event is its logo and everyone would probably agree that the 2016 Rio Olympics has a unique one. The Rio Olympic emblem is the first three-dimensional logo in the history of the Olympic Games. The 3D Rio Olympics Logo features passion and transformation. At the same time, it also offers a tridimensional design because it can spell the word Rio, alludes to a heart and brings the feeling of celebration.
3. Rio Olympics 2016 3D Printed Sculpture
Rio Olympics 2016 did not give the outstanding athletes flowers during the awarding ceremony. Instead, they hand them colorful trinkets that resemble the 3D Rio Olympic logo. Switching to giving these little trinkets in the Rio Olympics games is done on purpose and that is to deliver the message of sustainability. Fresh flowers only last for days and withered. In fact, it is often tossed aside when the athletes got off the medal stand. Thus, Rio Olympics is giving the best athletes something that would make a great keepsake, a wooden sculpture of the Rio Olympics 2016 logo.
4. 3D Printed Paralympic Cycling Prosthetic
This is the first 3D prosthetic at the Paralympics. Denise Schindler, a Paralympian and leg amputee from Germany is set to wear this. This is the first prosthetic to compete in games and was developed with Autodesk Product Designer Paul Sohi and Schindler’s orthopedic technician, Thomas Wellmer.
5. Jet One 3D Printed Handlebars
The French Olympic cycling team is using 3D printed handlebars. These 3D printed handlebars offer a number of advantages over traditional handlebars. It is made of lightweight aluminum material and is designed to incorporate an interior lattice structure that strengthens the material and cut down on the weight. Overall, this 3D printed handlebars are expected to optimize performance. In fact, some sources claim that France will dominate the Olympic Games due to this 3D printing handlebars.
6. Adidas 3D Printed Shoes
Rio Olympics 2016 is promoting 3D printing because Olympic athletes will not be receiving Olympic medals alone, they will also receive Adidas Futurecraft, a 3D printed sneakers from Adidas. This pair of sneaker has 3D web structure with dense zones in high-force areas, 3D printed heel counter and 3D printed highly breathable Primeknit upper. Tyla Nathan-Wong, a rugby player from the New Zealand Women’s division who won a silver medal was the first one to receive her pair of this sneaker.
7. Hyperion – Brook 3D Running Show
Brooks one of the top running specialists worked with Desiree Linden in designing Hyperion. Hyperion is the lightest and fastest road-running shoes for women. It is engineered for maximum efficiency and energy return. This running shoe features a biomogo DNA midsole cushioning, propulsion pods, midfoot transition zone and perforated stretch-woven upper. The extra laser perforations provide extra ventilation to the athletes’ feet. This shoe also eliminates blisters.
8. Assos Skinsuits
Aside from the skills, the athletes’ clothing is another factor that can help Olympians give their best and achieve victory. The athletes’ clothing should be form-fitting to minimize air resistance, especially for speed events like cycling, swimming, and track. Wearing the wrong material can make athletes feel uncomfortable and might add unnecessary weight that counteracts the gain and drag reduction. Wearing the right clothing can also reduce irritations like sweat and heat, which is crucial in a hot climate like that in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In view of this, Assos skinsuits are created with 3D technology for the US cycling team.
9. Under Armour 3D Clutch Fit
Under Armour joins the 3D printing trend by creating this shoe that comes in red, white and blue colors. This 3D printed shoe is a super-hybrid trainer shoe and will be worn by Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps when he is out in the water. This shoe is specifically designed for Phelps. So, if you want to see this 3D printed trainer shoes, just look for Phelps.
10. BMW 3D Printed Mounting System To Track Olympic Swimmers
This custom technology uses BMW’s autonomous-driving technology to help swimmers improve and enhance their training. This is so effective that it helps the USA Swimming team bagged the gold in Rio Olympics. The process involves attaching a LED to a swimmer’s wrist, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and toes using 3D-printed mounts. It has an underwater camera that uses motion-tracking technology to break down the swimmer’s movements. The same technology is used in autonomous vehicles to detect moving objects and obstacles.
11. Nike 3D Printed Silicon Protrusion – Zoom Superfly Elite
Nike also rides the 3D printing waves in the recent Rio Olympics 2016 by developing small silicon protrusions in their Zoom Superfly Elite shoes for directing air flow around the runner that efficiently speeds up the spikes. Nike utilized 3D printing to create a set of different spike plates that comes with a different amount of stiffness to meld perfectly with the sprinter’s sole. This shoe is designed to make runners go faster. It also comes in a lightweight design to make the athletes feel comfortable.
12. New Balance Vazee Sigma
New Balance signed a sponsorship deal with sprinter Trayvon Bromell last year because they have faith that the athlete will “drive the future of U.S. and global sprinting.” Bromell wore the new Vazee Sigma for the Rio Olympics trials and games, which is “designed to maximize the transfer of energy from the foot, to the ground, and forward.” New Balance’s 3D printed prototype Vazee Sigma track shoes seem to work well because it helps Bromell clocked a time of 9.84 seconds at the U.S track and field trials last month.
13. 3D Printed Zeus Statue
Zeus, the god that the original Olympics Games honored is back in a 3D-printed form! The recreated 3D printed Zeus statue is made by Stratasys and will be on display as part of an exhibition at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta beginning on Aug. 20. Sorry, you will not find this in Rio but we decided to add this since it is still related to Olympics and is still coming this summer, just in time for the Rio Olympics 2016.
Have you seen these 3D printed materials in the Rio Olympics 2016? Do you know any other 3D printed object in the event? Feel free to share it with us.