Researchers with the U.S. Army and its partners are using 3D printing to create a better, safer helmet for soldiers.
The Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and its HRL Laboratories partners are turning out new helmet padding with a special lattice structure to create a helmet that is lighter while still outperforming existing helmets.
"This breakthrough could pave the way to helmets with improved injury protection," Thomas Plaisted, the lab's project lead, said in a release from the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. "The open cell design of the lattice further aids in comfort and breathability to dissipate heat away from the head."
A helmet that is comfortable to wear will be worn more, which will also increase safety, researchers said.
Researchers have passed on their study to the CCDC Soldier Center to further study the new technology for future helmet systems.