Solutionix 3D Scanner Used For 4-Time MotoGP World Champion Helmet
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Our research into both fields compliments one another and helps us stay ahead of the competition.
The following is a great case study in how using 3D scanning for reverse engineering helped Taylormade Racing construct an innovative and new design.
MotoGP (official site) 4-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo signed a new sponsorship agreement with HJC, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycle crash helmets. MotoGP is the premiere class of motorcycle racing, and as racers can easily reach speeds of up to 340 kph, they must be especially careful when choosing their helmet.
SOLUTION & RESULT
HJC has relied on a Solutionix Rexcan series 3D scanner to design and manufacture its helmets since 2003. This high-end scanner is by HJC because of its speed and ability to capture free form surfaces, such as the human head, to an accuracy of less than 10 microns.
To ensure that HJC’s latest lightweight helmet (the RPHA 10) would fit Lorenzo’s head perfectly for comfort and in order to reduce fatigue during races, Lorenzo’s head was scanned to create a precise 3D digital model. Once the scan data model was completed it was imported into HJC’s CAD system where it could be compared with the RPHA helmet construction 3D CAD model. With the 3D scan data model in the CAD system, the existing helmet model could be subtly modified to match the exact fit of Lorenzo’s head. Using rapid prototyping technology they were able to manufacturing new foam molds and inner pads using the scan data. The end result was an aerodynamically efficient helmet that fit the MotoGP world champion like a glove