General Lattice, EOS, and DyeMansion joined forces with Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to elevate the game, unveiling the industry's first 3D-printed Airless Prototype Basketball. This collaborative effort showcases the groundbreaking capabilities of additive manufacturing and highlights benefits of teamwork within the industry.
General Lattice, an advanced computational and digital manufacturing company, announced today it has raised $1 million in pre-seed funding led by AP Ventures LLC, the strategic investment arm of All Points Logistics LLC. The capital will bolster General Lattice’s Federal, commercial, and R&D initiatives related to the exploration and integration of advanced lattice geometries.
General Lattice, Inc., is developing a predictive modeling toolset to design and generate lattice materials based on real-world data, which will improve impact absorption technology for the U.S. Army Combat Helmet. The yearlong research and development project is currently underway at General Lattice’s facility in Chicago, Illinois.
At the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in Salt Lake City, a case with a very unique basketball was wheeled out in a glass case to the court by two people wearing white suits. The glass was opened and this unique black ball was pulled out of the case by longtime NBA player Kenyon Martin. He turned around and handed it to his son, Rockets guard KJ, who got a feel for it before giving it back to his father. A minute later, Kenyon tossed the ball off the backboard to his son for the slam.
As the Official Basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has once again proven to be one of the most innovative brands in sports – daring to do what no brand has done before.
When installed as a plug-in for the Rhino 3D modeling software, the company says that its platform allows adopters to “move beyond traditional design constraints,” and enter “next-gen applications.”
This latest fundraising round will enable General Lattice to invest resources into a recently secured R&D contract with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC).
By customizing the size of a helmet, 3D printing could bring a lot of advantages to protective head gear.
By combining the capabilities of its CAD integrated software platform and 3D printing, General Lattice is looking to replace traditional foam material with advanced lattice geometries that are impossible with conventional manufacturing technologies…to ‘enhance soldier protection and survivability for the warfighter.’