[WORLDKINGS - Ideastime] Daily Highlights 23 February 2023 – Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes But Never Goes Flat
(WorldKings.org) Wilson partnered with a company called EOS which specializes in the use of 3D printing for industrial uses including medical and aerospace applications, to manufacture the unorthodox basketball design that’s covered in a pattern of open hexagons instead of sealed leather panels.
EOS relied on additive 3D printing technology which, instead of building up layers of extruded melted plastic, uses a powdered resin that’s hardened by a laser to create ultra-thin stacked layers with even more detail. The result is a completely hollow basketball that nearly matches the “performance specifications of a regulation basketball, including its weight, size and rebound (bounce).” The 3D-printed ball can even be dyed in various colors, with the prototype being made all-black for its debut during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game festivities this past weekend.
The NBA currently doesn’t have any plans to switch to Wilson’s 3D-printed airless basketball design, but that doesn’t mean it’s a failure. Wilson plans to continue to develop and improve its design. And even if it never finds its way into the NBA, it could still help make the game more accessible on playground courts across the country where pick-up games will never have to be canceled because no one can find a pump to fix a flat ball.
According to gadgetify.com
Xiang Yun (Editor) - World Records Union (WorldKings)