3-D printing company, Wilson design new paddles
SKOKIE -- Azul 3D, a 3-D printing company, has partnered with Wilson Sporting Goods to create two new 3-D-printed pickleball paddle designs.
The two paddles -- the Quiet Paddle, which significantly reduces the sound from ball hits, and the Custom Core Paddle, which is completely customizable to a player's needs -- represent a shift in paddle design and in how products can be completely rethought through additive manufacturing.
The Quiet Paddle solves a major problem in the sport: the loud thwack many pickleball paddles make when they hit a ball, the company said. Azul 3D and Wilson collaborated to design a 3-D-printed paddle made of a true 3-D lattice that is specifically designed to remove the frequencies that cause many hits to resonate throughout the court area.
The Custom Core Paddle takes a traditional pickleball paddle and makes it completely tunable with its lattice cores, which can be printed with different shapes and densities, depending on the player's needs. Such design shifts can reduce dead spots or increase the punch in certain areas of the paddle.
Both paddles are created with Azul 3D's proprietary materials, using the company's high-area rapid printing (HARP) technology.
"With Wilson, we not only collaborated to make a better pickleball paddle, we were able to entirely rethink how the paddle is designed, thanks to our materials and technology," said Azul 3D CEO Cody Petersen.