Rogers Impact Protection Segment has launched its XRD® 810 Patterns, a series of impact protection shapes that help designers incorporate the best flexible, repeated impact protection technology coupled with style and function. This collection of five tessellating patterns is engineered with specific design uses and benefits in mind and received acclaim at this spring’s Materials, Manufacturing & Technology Show in Hong Kong.
The five designs harness the attributes of XRD® foams and offer durable and reliable impact protection across a wide field of applications. What’s more, with the installation of the XRD Impact Institute, product designers are able to garner support and advice on research, design and prototype testing to develop reliable protective gear that incorporates proven technologies to help designers get their product to market faster and help secure athlete approval.
Dave Sherman, Design Solutions Manager, XRD Extreme Impact Protection said: “We developed the XRD 810 Series to inspire creativity in the protection market. By coupling the flexible, repeated impact protection benefits of XRD foam with our unique design approach, we can help brands and their designers achieve an impact protection solution that embodies style, form and function.
“Initial feedback has been positive and we are seeing huge leaps in innovation from product developers and designers because they can now approach protective designs above just simply incorporating a protective foam, to that of a more holistic view that encompasses all the necessary components to a successful product.”
The XRD® 810 Series [right] comes in five tessellation patterns, each offering different functions and features:
XRD 810 Hex [pictured left]: The popular hexagonal design offers good impact protection coverage for larger zones, yet still provides good movement and flexibility. The XRD 810 Hex allows for various protective padding designs for rib, chest, thigh and other areas.
XRD 810 Mini Hex [pictured right]: A smaller hexagonal profile and hinging for protective pads that are in constant movement such as in the elbow, knee and shoulder areas. Also because of its low profile design the Mini Hex can be integrated into base layer impact protection and suits being worn under clothing and gear whilst still offering excellent impact protection.
XRD 810 Delta [pictured left]: Designed to minimise weight and thickness, the 810 Delta deals with the issues of broad, blunt force while keeping the volume and weight of the material to a minimum. This makes the XRD 810 Delta perfect for applications such as thigh, rib and hip base layer applications.
XRD 810 Cones [pictured right]: The XRD 810 Cones have been designed to adapt to different levels of impact. The dome shape of the cones helps to dissipate the impact at the same time as the XRD material absorbs the impact. This dual action offers a unique protection system for where impact levels vary in severity or rate of impact speed. They can provide great flexibility, lightweight and adaptive protection for thighs, shoulders and head applications.
XRD 810 Teardrop [pictured left]: The teardrop shape is designed for maximum coverage while mainly flexing in one direction. Additionally the 810 Teardrop shape nests well to eliminate unecessary exposure and is ideal for applications where impact can be direct and targeted and is great for use with shins, thighs, ribs and and chest.
To encourage the pusuit of excellence in design and quality, the show’s organisers initially launched the “Best of APLF Awards” [BOAA] in 2014. This year the accolade “Best Component Award” went to Rogers Corporation for providing industry with the freedom to be creative.
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