Award-winning German design company DQBD GmbH is leveraging the Stratasys H350™ 3D printer to produce fully personalised cycling saddles that offer a higher level of comfort and performance efficiency compared to regular versions. DQBD is additively manufacturing several of the saddle’s load-bearing parts at scale, saving thousands of euros in costs and cutting lead times from months to just several days compared to traditional moulding methods.
DQBD has established itself as a strong design and development partner for many major global brands. The H350 3D printer, powered by SAF™ technology, provides the company with the design flexibility and production quality it needed to realize its vision of a completely customized cycling saddle. It also delivers high repeatability at production scale while driving time and cost efficiencies.
Consisting of a semi-rigid, personalised 3D printed spine and a 3D thermoformed seat pad, the saddle is produced according to the individual rider’s unique requirements. Software mapping of pressure points and weight distribution is used to match the geometry of the saddle with the rider’s body to create the perfect fit, while the composition of rigid and flexible zones of the saddle’s spine offer support and adaption precisely where needed. This unique combination offers more flex than other performance orientated saddles, translating to a higher level of comfort and less rider fatigue.
Sustainability was a key consideration in the design. The entire saddle assembly is glue-less, and at the end of the product’s life, components can easily be separated and reintroduced into production. The Stratasys High Yield PA11 material is a bio-based plastic made of a renewable raw material derived from sustainably grown castor oil.
04 December 2021