The US Olympic luge team is going for gold with the help of 3D printing. As the team competes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, athletes are using customized racing sleds created with additive technology from Stratasys that are tailored to their individual bodies.
Using Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology, the luge team can rapidly and cost-effectively build and test customized racing sleds, according to a press release.
As 3D printing advances, the technology has proven to have a number of enterprise applications, including for rapid prototyping and medical device testing. However, it's been slow to catch on: Only 18% of organizations said they were actively using 3D printers as part of business operations in 2016, according to a Tech Pro Research survey. Projects like this could help bring the technology to the attention of more professionals and consumers alike.
"Partnering with USA Luge highlights a perfect example of an environment where our additive manufacturing technology enables customers to meet critical needs in specialized applications," said Scott Sevcik, vice president of manufacturing solutions at Stratasys. "We're proud to partner with Team USA, one of the best teams in winter sports, to help them apply the power of FDM technology to keep moving faster, in the shop, and on the track."