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Swimming Paddle Design

The Problem

Swim paddles are often used by competitive swimmers to help develop power, speed and efficiency. The design of the paddle is paramount to its performance. Our client, a swimming coach, had envisioned a concept for a new type of swimming paddle, and had developed a rough foam prototype of his design. But with no experience of 3D modelling, he reached out to Absolute 3D for assistance in transforming his idea into a real working model.

Foam Model

Foam Model

The Solution

Our engineers began by working with the foam model provided by our client.

We captured an accurate high-resolution digital image of the foam prototype using our cutting-edge Creaform GoScan 3Dscanners. 3D scanning offers a fast and efficient way to create precise digital models from complex freeform objects.

Next, we used 3DS Max software to reverse engineer the model, smoothing out the design and creating a professional looking paddle based on the raw scan data. The handle section had to be completely re-built.

Raw Scan Data

The Result

Our client was delighted with the final model, which is now ready for printing in a range of materials using a 3D printer. Once printed, the paddle can be tested for performance and comfort. It often requires several iterations to reach the ideal design, so the model can be further refined and printed as needed to improve the efficiency of the design.

This case study demonstrated that anyone, even those without 3D modelling skills, can create new products quickly and effectively with help from the professional team at Absolute 3D.

Re-designed Paddle