For the next month, Brazil will be the center of the world’s attention. According to 3D Print.com, “FIFA believes that the 2014 World Cup will be the most watched TV event in history. They are estimating that over 3.2 billion viewers will tune in to watch the world’s most popular sport.”
And with the world watching, 3D printing will also be part of the festivities. 3D Print.com showcases a few examples.
“iMaterialise [released] their very own 3D printed soccer stadium board game. The players are 3D printed and then attached to the board via tiny springs.”
Another interesting innovation is a part koozie, part Samba shaker created by Dutch company 3Dwergen: “once printed, a can of beer or a soft drink will fit snugly into its opening. Just like a koozie, it will keep your drink cold, and your hands warm. Once you guzzle down that beer or soft drink, you can break the pull ring of the can off, place it inside, and turn the can upside down in the holder. Your Koozie is now a Samba shaker, which can be used to help you cheer for your favorite team.”
LeapFrog has also jumped in on the action, with this 3D Printed Finger Soccer set, resplendent in the well-known orange of the Dutch National Soccer Team:
Not wanting to be left out, Nike released a partially 3D printed sports bag. “The entire base of this bag was 3D printed, and attaches the leather upper to the straps without the need for any adhesives…the bag is actually being used by a select few players who will be participating in this year’s event. This includes Brazil’s Neymar Jr., England’s Wayne Rooney, and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Perhaps the most astonishing piece of 3D printing technology on display at the World Cup is this ExoSkeleton. “The opening ceremony of the World Cup will feature a paraplegic individual getting up out of a wheelchair, and kicking out the first ball of the event. They will be able to achieve this amazing feat with the help of a specially designed ExoSkeleton, which has been partially 3D printed.”
Images and Quotes Courtesy of 3D Print.com