Fins and surfboards: 3D printing, IoT, big data, machine learning and performance testing – Presented by Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong, at the Sports Innovation Conference, which will take place on February 13, 2019, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Surfing is an iconic sport that is extremely popular in coastal regions. Current surfboard fin manufacturers produce high end products using an expensive injection moulding process to create hydro-foil shaped fins. This process, however, does not allow for easy customisation or rapid prototyping.
I will talk about the development of surfboard fins using a performance feedback loop. This loop involves the unique combination of computational fluid dynamics, computer aided design, 3D printing, stiffness/flex testing, ocean testing (surfing the waves), embedded sensors / wearables, the Internet-of-Things, machine learning and surfers’ perceptive experiences. I will finish my talk with my progress on measuring the mechanical flex behaviour of surfboards.
About Marc in het Panhuis
Marc in het Panhuis is from Grevenbicht (Limburg, the Netherlands). He is a chemical engineer (Ingenieur, University of Twente, the Netherlands) and a physicist (PhD, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland).
At present, he is a Professor of Materials Science and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong (Australia).
His research activities are focused on tough hydrogels, Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing), edible/living electronics, soft robotics and 3D printed fins/surfboards for surfing.
He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
What drives you?
Passion for research and translating it to the wider community
What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
My wife and children (but that is 5 in total)
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
3D printing and machine learning
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
The benefit of using rapid prototyping in the sport of surfing
About University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines.
Our commitment to our students is evident in our graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace.
UOW is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres. Together with our partners, we make a strong and connected presence in our communities.
We are a young and vibrant university with undiminished ambitions. We value our research capacity to work on complex interdisciplinary problems. Our spirit of inquiry drives our research and learning environments and our objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world’s universities.
About Sports Innovation Conference
Date and location: February 13, 2019, High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands
The sports industry is a multi-billion euro sector that continues expanding at accelerated pace. In order for this growth to maintain sustainable, innovation is needed.
Massive changes like wearable technology, mobile fitness, quantified self movement and big data are opening up a range of new possibilities and innovations in a very short time span. Accordingly, modern sport businesses need innovative and effective management practices to meet the changing expectations of the current fast-moving society.
The Sports Innovation Conference will address these aspects, from different angles of view.
The topics of the conference will focus on two main angles:
- Technological innovation in Sport
- Innovative materials
- Big Data
- Innovative sport food/supplements
- Specific technology (addressed to coaching/training, competition, rehabilitation) & human factor
- Sports Innovation in Business
- Data/Media use in sport
- Sport tourism & accommodation
- Sports marketing
International speakers will share their experience and vision with the audience.
In addition, workshops and an exhibition will bring interaction and open discussions.
For more information about the program and registration, we invite you to visit the conference website https://sportinnovationconference.eu/