INTERVIEW: MODLA X REEBOK 3D PRINTED ATHLETE’S MASK

3dprintingindustry.com | 1/11/2018 | Rushabh Haria
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Reebok, like parent company adidas, continues to explore the application of 3D printing to sportswear. The latest 3D printing project comes in the form of a collaboration with London’s Modla – 3D printing and design specialists.

I caught up with Modla co-founder Rich Goddard to learn more about the Reebok Innovation Collective and, “developing footwear and apparel that deliver the next generation of performance and expression”.

Modla - Bespoke - Athlete - Training - Mask

Modla has produced a bespoke 3D printed athlete’s training mask that uses the Flexweave material from Reebok. “The mask is our interpretation of an existing training mask, which is designed to restrict the level of oxygen taken in by the athlete when training,” explains Goddard.

“THE AIM IS TO GIVE A SIMILAR EFFECT TO THAT OF HIGH ALTITUDE TRAINING, MAKING THE BODY WORK HARDER TO INCREASE OVERALL FITNESS AND PERFORMANCE.”

Mask - Pair - Cutting-edge - Gloves - Joe

The futuristic looking mask joins a pair of cutting-edge running gloves from Joe Doucet x Partners and a collection of light-weight, active sitting chairs by Odd Matter.

The Modla X Reebok 3D printed Athlete’s Mask.

Prototypes - Modla - Ultimaker - Printers - Turnaround

To create the prototypes for Modla initially used Ultimaker 2 3D printers for a fast turnaround, shortening the design cycle. Once Goddard and his team settled on a final design, the final 3D printing was undertaken by fellow London based business, Digits2Widgets and used their EOS SLS 3D printers.

Post-processing work to dye the masks was done by DyeMansion.

Goddard - Form - Masters - Molds - Silicone

Goddard adds, “We also used a Form 2 to create masters that were used to create the molds for the silicone components. CAD files were created in Solidworks. Lasercutting and assembly was done at our space at Makerversity in London.”

For the creative and design process, Modla was asked by Reebok to come up with some ideas of products which integrate the new Flexweave material. Goddard says, “We felt this would fit the brand, so our lead designer, Jon...
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