3D printing sports parts at low temperatures

Athletics 3D, a French company that makes custom sports gear, has used a composite 3D printer to make a rifle hand stop to enable one of its athletes to train despite a wrist injury.

The company was able to use a Zortrax M300 Dual 3D printer working with BASF glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) filament to make the part in Winter Olympic temperatures reaching -25°C.

“And such low temperatures tend to degrade the mechanical performance of most polymer,” said Clement Jacquelin, CEO and founder of Athletics 3D. Thanks to BASF Ultrafuse PP GF 30 we had no problem with that. The material’s exhibited the same, excellent performance in both freezing cold and relatively mild temperatures just below 0°C.”