US-based biking tools producer Fizik has launched its newest 3D printed saddle, the Argo Adaptive short-nose saddle.
Making its debut on the Sea Otter biking present, the saddle incorporates a 3D printed lattice cushioning manufactured utilizing Carbon’s Digital Mild Synthesis (DLS) 3D printing expertise, which is designed to enhance consolation and optimize a rider’s posture.
Fizik and 3D printing
The Argo Adaptive is the newest addition to Fizik’s 3D printed saddle vary, which started with the launch of the Antares Adaptive mannequin in 2019. The agency labored with Carbon to provide the 3D printed saddle utilizing the latter’s DLS expertise, which on the time was stated to have unlocked “a brand new period” in saddle design and manufacturing by Fizik Model director Luca Mathia Bertoncello.
The partnership with Carbon was born out of the agency’s ‘Ideas’ initiative, a cross-disciplinary consortium of main business specialists and lecturers that goals to place Fizik on the forefront of biking innovation.
By leveraging 3D printing for the design of its saddles, the Fizik staff was capable of handle parts corresponding to energy switch, shock absorption, stability, and luxury in response to a bike owner’s wants.
Carbon DLS for client merchandise
Carbon’s DLS 3D printing expertise is an SLA-based course of that makes use of digital gentle projections in tandem with oxygen-permeable optics to treatment photopolymer resins into 3D elements. Along with Fizik, the expertise has been leveraged by a number of big-name manufacturers inside their client merchandise to yield efficiency advantages underneath the ‘Crafted by Carbon’ tagline.
For example, Carbon has labored with fellow bike producer Specialised to 3D print its S-Works Energy Saddle in an try to determine DLS as the usual in saddle expertise, and extra not too long ago with backpack producer Osprey to provide a 3D printed lumbar pad for the agency’s new UNLTD pack sequence.
Maybe Carbon’s most well-known partnership, although, is with sportswear large Adidas, with whom it has created the 3D printed 4D midsole, the 4DFWD. The newest model of the 4DFWD was made accessible to the general public in August final 12 months, and was worn by athletes on the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo.
The Argo Adaptive
Practically three years on from the Antares Adaptive launch, Fizik has unveiled its second 3D printed saddle, the Argo Adaptive. The Argo is the agency’s short-nosed mannequin, a form that’s turning into more and more in style on street bikes for riders wishing to keep up an aggressive driving place for prolonged durations of time.
The intention of the saddle form and 3D printed adaptive cushioning is to maintain the rider locked in place and keep away from pointless adjustments of place. Fizik and Carbon have as soon as once more mixed their experience to optimize the saddle’s efficiency with a DLS 3D printed lattice cushioning, which is designed to supply kind of cushioning in sure areas to adapt to completely different driving positions.
The lattice construction achieves this whereas additionally leading to a lighter saddle than typical foam cushion pads. The zonal cushioning inside the 3D printed lattice reduces the utmost strain skilled by the rider and accounts for various sit bone widths to make sure consolation.
The Argo Adaptive is being supplied in two widths, 140mm and 150mm. The saddle is offered in two fashions, an R1 with carbon rails, and a less expensive R3 with Fizik’s proprietary Ok:ium metal alloy rails priced at $299 and $259 respectively. Customers will have the ability to buy their Argo Adaptive on the finish of April.
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Featured picture reveals the Argo Adaptive short-nosed saddle’s 3D printed lattice. Photograph through Fizik.