Working with 3-D scan and 3-D print technology I realized there are many opportunities of marrying these technologies to produce the next generation of sport's equipment. This product is just one of many to come under the HawkTeck brand.
HawkTeck is a premium sports equipment brand that designs products for high-performance athletes. Their products are quick, lightweight, and aggressively styled. HawkTeck's first product is a custom 3-D printed soccer shinguard with sensor technology. The form is inspired by bird's bones and their lightweight characteristics. Bird bones form micro-trusses that make most of the bone hollow, as opposed to solid like in most animals. This reduction in weight is one of the many advantages that allow them to fly. The form of this shinguard utilizes trusses in the non-protective part of the shinguard to reduce weight and increase flexibility.
The process of creating a pair of these shinguards starts from 3-D scanning a player's leg and taking that scan into a CAD program. From the 3-D scan the shinguard can be custom designed to perfectly fit the player's leg. 3-D printing the entire shinguard ensures that it's organic form can be created with high precision. The shinguard also houses a gps module and an accelerometer to give the player an interactive replay of their past games. This system records metrics such as a detailed position density map, highest vertical leap, top speed, total miles ran and the location and speed of a player’s shots. This information is displayed through an application on the player's smart phone after connecting the shinguard and phone. The system works even better if more players on the team are also using HawkTeck's shinguard. This allows the players to see the relationship between their positions, how they are using the field throughout the match, and where they are taking their shots from. HawkTeck's shinguard provides a superior fit combined with technology so the players can learn more from their game, and design the attack.