Rob Hayles, former Olympian for Great Britain and World Champion cyclist recently visited SSEH to discuss our 3D scanning capabilities and the many applications of 3D scanning technology in sports engineering. Check out our video on scanning at SSEH:

Features of 3D Scanning

The technology is designed to quickly and accurately capture the geometry of any object or person for aerodynamic development, reverse engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics. The process is efficient and refined reducing the cost of capturing measurements – scanning a cyclist can take only a couple of minutes. Our scanning hardware is portable and handheld enabling efficient geometry capture from anywhere.

3D scanning technology scanning a rider.
3D scanning a rider at our SSEH open day using an Artec Leo

We are experienced in scanning all kinds of objects and geometries as well as athletes from many disciplines.

The Applications

There are many applications and ways to take advantage of our 3D scanning technology at SSEH.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

CFD uses the data captured from a 3D scan and CFD experts such as TotalSim to understand the aerodynamic properties of your object or athlete with cost-effective analysis and simulations.

Custom skinsuit fitting

Our tenants Vorteq are experts in draping as creators of the world’s fastest skinsuit. They are able to custom fit their skinsuits to an athlete creating the optimum fit. See more about the Vorteq skinsuit process on their website.

Mannequin printing and tunnel testing

Vorteq’s 12 state-of-the-art 3D printers make it possible to use your scan to produce a life-size mannequin which is able to be tested in the Sports Performance Wind Tunnel. Consequently, this enables aerodynamic testing to be performed on an athlete’s geometry without them needing to be in the room.

3D mannequin testing in the Sports Performance Wind Tunnel
3D mannequin testing in the Sports Performance Wind Tunnel

SSEH offer a wide range of facilities for sports R&D so keep an eye out for more of our videos to find out how you can take advantage of the Hub.

If you’d like to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements please contact us on 01327 222830. Finally, be sure to keep up-to-date with the Hub via our social media channels.