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Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat

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The 3D-printed basketball prototype.

The ball is hollow, but nearly matches the “performance specifications of a regulation basketball, including its weight, size and rebound (bounce),” according to Wilson.

Credit: Wilson

Wilson's prototype "airless" basketball debuted during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game festivities.

The basketball, which features a pattern of open hexagons, was developed in partnership with contract manufacturer EOS using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology.

The process involves the use of a powdered resin hardened by a laser to create ultra-thin, stacked layers with great detail.

The resulting 3D-printed ball is completely hollow, but is almost on par with a regulation basketball in terms of weight, size, and bounce.

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