AI-Enhanced 3D Printed Foam: Elevating Helmet Protection by 25%

By: | February 25th, 2024

Precision Fit and Enhanced Safety

Imagine helmets that fit like your favourite hat, but protect you way better than anything you’ve seen before. That’s the magic of a new invention by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Sandia National Labs! These helmets use fancy AI smarts to learn about different head shapes and how helmets protect them. Then, they 3D print a special lining that fits you perfectly and absorbs crashes 25% better than regular helmets!

Innovative Impact Absorption:

The team has developed a resilient foam design compatible with standard 3D printers, suitable for withstanding significant impacts. This innovation could find applications in various items, including shipping crates and football pads.

Foams with intricate voids efficiently absorb energy during compression. Engineers enhance cushion versatility by designing honeycomb-like structures that collapse in a wave pattern upon impact. The team refines interior layouts on a sub-millimeter scale, using software to arrange honeycombs with strategic bends. These bends guide the honeycombs during compression, resulting in a gradual collapse and improved impact energy absorption.

Future-Ready Helmets:

These helmets offer a snug fit with custom-made liners to prevent discomfort and movement during activities. Their lightweight 3D printed design ensures freedom of movement, making them suitable for various tasks such as biking or construction work. Additionally, the use of 3D printing technology may contribute to affordability, potentially expanding accessibility for a diverse range of users, from cyclists to construction workers and even astronauts.

The Future of Safety

While still in its early stages, this invention has the potential to significantly enhance safety. Get ready for safer, more comfortable, and stylish head protection in the future! The future of helmets is looking bright, thanks to AI and 3D printing!

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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