3D Printed Airless Basketball

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Wilson put out an airless 3D-printed basketball. they were able to create a basketball that didn’t need to be inflated, but still had the same responsive bounce as a standard model. Made from an elastomeric polymer, the 3D-printed airless ball has a see-through lattice structure with hexagonal holes that allow air to pass through it. Wilson collaborated with EOS to produce the ball. It began with a white powder bed and a laser that etched the hexagonal design of the ball in the powder. The team dusted-off the mass of white powder bathing it and then sealed the powder into the 3D structure with another machine before plunging it into a dying machine.

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