Stratasys 3D Printing has already impacted the wide world of sports – from snowboarding to fencing, from NASCAR to kite surfing. But this is the first time that Stratasys has 3D printed an actual football – It might even be a world first.
Produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Production System, the Stratasys ball is 3D printed in three materials: Rubber-like (TangoPlus), Rigid Magenta (VeroMagenta), and Rigid Yellow (VeroYellow) in one 3D print job.
In order to give the football that authentic feel, Stratasys incorporated the texture of a composite football into the design with raised material. It weighs about the same as the weighted warmup balls favored by quarterbacks.
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