Reverse Engineer Your Way Back into the Game

by Mitch Bossart, Industry Writer for GoEngineer

GoEngineer 3D scanning, 3D CAD, and 3D printing keeps Tyra on the field

Kids, regardless of age, hurt themselves. Whether it’s in the backyard or on the field, accidents happen. When Tyra Coburn broke her wrist she was concerned about not being able to play soccer for the rest of the summer.

Safety First

Playing soccer with a cast on your arm is allowed as long as it’s covered with a soft material. Players are required to protect other players from injury by wrapping their cast with a bubble wrap-like material.

But Tyra struggled with the bubble wrap covering. It was bulky and it interfered with her ability to run and play to the best of her ability – a big problem for a young woman with a passion for soccer.

What to do?

Bring-Your-Daughter-to-Work-for-a-3D-Scan Day

GoEngineer owner Ken Coburn’s entire career has been dedicated to providing best-in-class software and hardware tools that enable his customers to build products from concept to manufacture.

Now Ken could leverage his company’s tools and expertise to help his daughter quickly get back into the game she loves.

The Creaform 3D scan was fast and easy. After the cast scan was completed the GoEngineer team created a parasolid for the designers.

Thickness Analysis

3D CAD Makes It Perfect

The design engineers imported the parasolid and shaped it into a sleeve that would replace the bubble wrap and packing tape. The designers used all the tools at their disposal within SOLIDWORKS, including SOLIDWORKS Simulation, to ensure the sleeve fits perfectly over Tyra’s cast while maintaining proper thickness requirements.

PolyJet 3D Printing Makes It Smooth

Once the CAD design was finalized it was ready to print on GoEngineer’s PolyJet 3D printer. The PolyJet technology produces an extremely fine layer resolution that creates smooth surfaces, thereby making the sleeve more comfortable. Tango material from Stratasys was used to create an almost rubber-like material that is both soft and flexible – perfect for the cast sleeve.

The entire job took 34 hours to print.

The 3D Printed Sleeve

And the result? The sleeve for the cast enabled Tyra to play at her usual (high) performance level. Plus she was back on the field playing within a week of breaking her wrist.

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