Rice from a sporting goods manufacturerWilsonis a basketball made with a 3D printer “3D Airless Prototype Basketball‘ was announced recently.
Basketballs are usually made by stacking layers of material inside an air-filled internal bladder, and then bonding eight panels of leather, rubber, and other materials together.
Wilson has developed a ball that does not need to be inflated, overturning this common sense. The company’s development team used a 3D printer to create a ball that is hollow inside and has a grid of holes on its surface.
The weight, size, rebound force when hitting the ball, etc. are equivalent to the performance of basketball specified by the standard. It has been proven in tests and can actually be used in play.
The ball was unveiled at the NBA’s AT&T Slam Dunk Contest on February 18, 2023, where Houston Rockets’ KJ Martin attempted a dunk.
Although it is still in the prototype stage, it is expected to be commercialized in the future because it saves the trouble of inflating.