Rawlings teams up with Fast Radius and Carbon to 3D print baseball glove mesh


3d printing company Carbon continues to equip athletes around the world with additively manufactured sports gear, this time in the form of a new baseball glove design created with a sporting goods manufacturer Rawlings, the official Major League Baseball glove.

The REV1X is a new series of ultra-light, fitted baseball gloves that feature an optimized trellis structure manufactured by Rapid radius on a large scale thanks to Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology. The glove, which is said to represent a “significant evolution” in glove design dating back over 75 years, also includes a number of unique components, including a slip-on canvas, an adaptive fit system, and a palm and gusset. in Heart of the Hide leather. .

“We are thrilled with the innovation Rawlings brings to baseball with the new REV1X glove,” said Phil DeSimone, Co-Founder, Director of Product and Business Development at Carbon. “These truss structures are designed to add stiffness in areas where it is needed and to soften areas where some bending is required, adding another dimension of control to the design. During design iterations, Rawlings was able to assemble and test the lattice finger pads immediately, speeding up the product development cycle by roughly 10 months.

Fast Radius is said to have quickly moved from prototyping to production to manufacture the thumb and little finger inserts using Carbon technology, resulting in a glove with thinner but stronger padding that does not will not deteriorate over time.

“We were delighted to help Rawlings increase production of this revolutionary glove,” said John Nanry, Director of Manufacturing at Fast Radius. “With our cloud-based manufacturing platform and additive expertise, we were able to perform a complex manufacturing process and get REV1X gloves to market faster. Our mission is to make new things possible, and our partnership with Rawlings has enabled us to do just that for baseball players and fans around the world. “

After years of preparation, the collaboration has also benefited from several seasons of feedback from New York Mets four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor who will also be the face of REV1X in the United States.

“From the famous Bill Doak glove developed in the early 1920s, which was the first to include a pocket and canvas, to the creation of the Trap-Eze canvas in the late 1950s, to the new REV1X, Rawlings has always been at the forefront. at the cutting edge of glove technology and innovation, ”said Ryan Farrar, senior manager of ball gloves. “Rawlings continues to work alongside the pros, the best in the game, to ensure our gloves are worthy of the highest level of performance and feedback” I have received from Francisco Lindor confirms our belief that the REV1X will forever revolutionize defense . “

Four models are now available at retail in different sizes and designs. Rawlings is the latest in a line of sporting goods brands to take advantage of Carbon’s additive manufacturing technology to produce their next-gen products, including Riddell and CMM Hockey, which used the process to create liners. 3D printed for protective helmets, specialized for a bike saddle that Reflect is the geometry of the rider, and Adidas, which recently released the latest iteration of its 4D running shoe with 3D printed lattice midsole.

Update: This story has been updated to clarify that Rawlings partnered with Fast Radius to manufacture the REV1X glove on a large scale using Carbon’s DLS technology.


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