This week we printed something different, something that racer boy would yearn for – Motorcross Helmet. The best part is right after the model was printed, we had the opportunity to showcase this during Innovating Malaysia Conference 2014.
Here is how we did the printing, and some underlying reasons of material & technology selection:
Fortus 400mc uPrintSE Build Time 86 hours 24 minutes 7 hours 44 minutes Assembly Time – 30 minutes Support Removal Time 16 hours 6 hours
Screenshots prior printing:
- Traditionally, the production material for helmet is polycarbonate (PC) for best endurance and heat resistance. However, as we wanted the helmet in black and red which is not in the range of our PC material, we opted for PC-ABS instead.
- PC-ABS combines the best of both materials (PC & ABS) – the superior strength and heat resistance of PC and the flexibility of ABS.
- For drop testing and pressure testing etc, this prototype will serve as a good gauge for improvements as compared with existing product.
- Noticed how the black helmet base was printed in a go but we had to print the decor separately? This is due to FDM does not support multi-material modelling as that is under Polyjet’s feature.