Exone end to end binder jetting service

Autodesk Teams with Anaheim Ducks & Tinkercad to Allow Students to Design a Better Hockey Puck

INTAMSYS industrial 3d printing

Share this Article

pucks1He shoots! He scores!!

Those words resonate in my head, and they bring back memories of my days growing up in the Philadelphia area, watching the city’s beloved NHL hockey team, the Flyers, play several times a week during the season. I’ve always been a huge hockey fan and to this day still follow the NHL.

One day recently, my nephew asked me a simple question: “Why is the hockey puck shaped the way it is?”

After fumbling around for answers, I came to the realization that I really didn’t know for sure. I simply answered with, “because it moves better on ice than a ball would.”

While this is probably true, I’m still not really all that sure why the hockey puck is shaped the way it is. Made of vulcanized rubber, these thick disc-like objects have been used in the game of ice hockey for well over two decades.

Could modern technology improve upon the simplicity of a hockey puck though? Recently Autodesk, Tinkercad, and the AHL’s Anaheim Ducks decided to take this question, pose it to students, and then use 3D printing to test the results.

“We recently teamed up with the Anaheim Ducks hockey team to create a step-by-step Tinkercad lesson to teach students about 3D printing and design,” Jennifer Gentrup, Public Relations Manager for Autodesk Consumer Group, tells 3DPrint.com. “The online curriculum takes the hockey team’s educational program to a new level and allows students to bring their creations to life.”

The challenge, called “Build a Better Puck,” asked students to create a 3D design for a hockey puck that would “perform” better than the NHL’s current design. They were permitted to modify the size, weight, materials, and shapes of the puck in doing so.

pucks2

Autodesk has been known for their continual support of education in providing students, schools, and educators with free access to tools, content, and software they need in order to “unlock their creativity, cultivate a love for design, and prepare for successful careers in design.”

After all of the students had finished designing their hockey pucks, Autodesk selected the finalists. They then 3D printed the final designs at the Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9, before getting the actual Anaheim Ducks players to get in on the fun. The team formed a special “skills challenge” in which players took part in different puck handling and shooting competitions in order to determine the best puck design.

Below you can see some of the final puck designs.

puck9

puck8

puck7

puck6

puck5

puck4

puck3

What do you think about what Autodesk and Tinkercad are doing to help making learning about 3D design and 3D printing more fun for kids of all ages? Discuss in the Better Puck Challenge forum thread on 3DPB.com.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

$51M to Ramp up 6K’s Production of Batteries and 3D Printing Metals

Secret Audit Reveals US Military’s 3D Printing Tech Vulnerable to Cyberattacks



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing News Briefs, September 9, 2021: Events, Materials, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, the first Formnext + PM South China finally opens this week. In materials news, a biomedical company introduced what it calls the first purified...

Featured

US Navy Issues $20M to Stratasys to Purchase Large-Format 3D Printers

The U.S. Navy has been steadily increasing its investment into practical 3D printer usage, as opposed to research. The latest comes in the form of a whopping $20 million contract...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: August 22, 2021

From food 3D printing and GE Additive’s Arcam EBM Spectra L 3D printer to 3D printing and CAD in a post-pandemic world and topology optimization, we’ve got a busy week...

Featured

The Largest 3D Printed Structure in North America: a Military Barracks in Texas

ICON’s latest 3D printed training barracks structure in Texas signals another positive step for the additive construction industry. Described by the company as the largest 3D printed structure in North...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.