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LA Dodgers Give Helmets a 3D Printed Twist

by • April 14, 2016 • No Comments

  • At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, researchers are may already exploring possibilities for creating a new generation of helmet that can go a long way to protecting athletes, soldiers, and anyone who wears protective gear. The LA Dodgers, too, are toying around with 3D printing, yet not necessarily with the same implications as cutting edge national scientists. Instead of recreateing helmets for increased safety, the Dodgers just introduced 3D printed emblems to their headgear.

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    At their home opening game on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers strutted out onto the diamond with their logo 3D printed and affixed to their helmets. The team in addition replaced the glossy blue of their helmets with a new matte color, that I ponder is a really great touch. The idea was inspired by the nose bumpers on football helmets, that saw the team turn to 3D printing.

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    Ross Yoshida, the Dodgers’ director of graphic create told Lukas, told ESPN’s Paul Lukas of the decision to go 3D, “[Dodgers chief marketing officer Lon Rosen] loves for us to be the initially to do things, but he didn’t realize that other teams had may already gone with the matte. I said, ‘Lon, the Diamondbacks and Pirates have may already done that. But we may do a thing new with the logo.’ So I yett of football helmet nose bumpers. Nobody had at any time done that in baseball. So that was the inspiration.”

    The Dodgers are the initially baseball team to implement 3D printing in their uniform, but, if those logos can stick to their helmets for a season, they may not be the last either.


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