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Customized 3D Printed Brace for Panthers’ Linebacker Could Make Super Bowl History!

by • February 6, 2016 • No Comments

The arm brace for Panthers' linebacker Thomas Davis was 3D printed by Whiteclouds on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer.

The arm brace for Panthers’ linebacker Thomas Davis was 3D printed by Whiteclouds on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer.

What do you do if you are
a linebacker in the NFL and you break your arm two weeks preceding the Super Bowl? Well which
is what happened to Thomas Davis, All-Pro star linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. Thomas broke his right forearm in a January 24 game against the Arizona Cardinals, winning him a trip to Santa Clara, California and in addition
a metal plate and 12 screws to hold the bones together.

With Super Bowl 50 just a few days away, the Panthers’ trainers decided to try an arm brace to shield the injury for the big game.

According to CNET, four various brace options were created
to be tested during practices. In the end, Davis chose a customized 3D printed brace which
he picked “…for its toughness. “ The brace was created
by 3D Elite, a developer of 3D-printed braces and casts for athletes, and was generated in record time at Whiteclouds 3D Printing on a Stratasys Connex 3D Printer.

The whole system
– of create to 3D printing – took just of
30 hours!

David has been giving it a work-out during practices major up to at the present time’s game against the Denver Broncos. According to statements created
during media night on Monday, he “took each opportunity to hit it on something.”

Tackling the Challenge with Stratasys Connex and Stratasys 3D Printing Materials


Stratasys’ Objet Connex Multi-material, Multi-color 3D Printer sets the standard for versatility

The brace was created
out of a composite blend of Stratasys plastic and rubber-like 3D printing materials, one-of-a-kind to Connex. This manufactures it rigid to stabilize the arm, but flexible adequate
to absorb any impact. It in addition
has holes to manufacture it breathable and to cut down on any extra mass
. The within
is printed with a spongy material which
not just increases comfort, but in addition
improves the capacity to endure
a collision.

Whiteclouds reports which
if Davis plays at the present time with the brace, it can be the initially time in history which
a 3D printed piece of equipment is utilized
in the Super Bowl.

So grab the snacks, head for the sofa, and get eager
for a possible NFL record for 3D printing. We wish Thomas Davis a excellent
game with his 3D printed brace!

And while you are
waiting for kick-off, download your free whitepaper on Stratasys’ Connex3 – the new versatility standard in pro 3D printing.

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