Wilson Sporting Goods, the American sports equipment manufacturer, has just introduced the world's first-ever 3D-printed airless basketball. The futuristic ball is designed to never go flat, solving a common problem that athletes and sports enthusiasts face. Traditional basketballs rely on air pressure to maintain their shape, which can cause them to lose their bounce and shape over time. However, Wilson's new technology, which is made from a unique polymer blend, ensures that the ball remains inflated and keeps its shape, resulting in a longer-lasting, higher-performing basketball.
The 3D-printed airless basketball has been in development for several years, and Wilson's engineers have worked tirelessly to perfect the technology. The ball's unique texture provides an improved grip, allowing players to control the ball with greater accuracy, while the airless design means that the ball bounces consistently, regardless of the playing surface.
The Wilson 3D-printed airless prototype basketball isn't set to release any time soon, but it's great to see the prototype being used during its' main debut at the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest. For more information on the upcoming release, connect with us on our Instagram and Twitter.
Check out Wilson's latest creation below.