The number of head injuries from skiing and snowboarding accidents is increasing, especially amongst adolescents. Helmets significantly reduce the risk of head injury, as a result a design company were contracted to combine style with safety.
As high quality models were required; Malcolm Nicholls Limited (MNL) was called upon to put their 40 plus years of experience to the test. A leading product design company approached MNL to 3D print a child’s snowboarding helmet and finish it to the highest level of gloss. Both the helmet and visor frame were 3D printed using MNL’s Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process. Once built both the helmet and visor frame were given to MNL’s finishing department. To get that perfect gloss finish lots hours are needed to be spent on the model, firstly getting rid of the build lines, smoothing the surface and working through all the grades of sandpaper. It’s not a process that can be rushed especially when you have a reputation for perfect finishes (no pressure).
The helmet shown here (MNL’s own for exhibition purposes) was finished in a perfect gloss black, as was the customers. The visor pictured here was finished differently to the customers’ requirements, giving that sci-fi look with vacuum metalizing.