HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Flax-Based Bike Helmet Is Heavy but Safer for the Environment

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
New directions in bio-materials
Elizabeth M   10/7/2013 6:45:04 AM
NO RATINGS
I like the idea of this helmet and the direction in which James Dart is going with his inventions. Replacing materials that are traditionally bad for the environment with more sustainable and eco-friendly materials is certainly the way forward for textile design and it's good to see young minds like Dart's thinking like this. Although this helmet may not be ready for commercial mass production yet, it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility that this or something similar could be the helmet of choice for people in the not-so-distant future.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Testing for safety
Rob Spiegel   10/7/2013 11:41:18 AM
NO RATINGS
Interesting product. I would think helmet manufacturers would be interested in testing this concept. Testing is one area where the home inventor is at a great disadvantage.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New directions in bio-materials
Ann R. Thryft   10/7/2013 12:40:33 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for this report, Elizabeth. Good to see bioplastics moving into sports equipment: it seems like a natural fit.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Material properties
Charles Murray   10/7/2013 7:17:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Nice story, Liz. I'd be curious to see how the material properties of the bio-resin compare to the properties of conventional helmet materials.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Testing for safety
Elizabeth M   10/8/2013 6:40:35 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, for sure, Rob, I totally agree. I think Dart's helmet could really work, but the truth will be in the testing, which he couldn't manage on his own. The backing of a manufacturer will certainly help with this, as you point out, and proof whether this type of helmet is viable for commercial distribution.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New directions in bio-materials
Elizabeth M   10/8/2013 6:42:31 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree with you, Ann, it is a natural fit. Perhaps a bike helmet was a bit ambitious, as there are safety concerns with it that will need a lot of testing and trial and error to ensure it can offer the protection people need. Other products that are less about safety and more about pure sports use (perhaps soccer balls or something like that) might be easier to tackle as initial commercial products.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Material properties
Elizabeth M   10/8/2013 6:59:44 AM
NO RATINGS
I'm curious as well, Chuck! I actually think one problem might be degradation over time. I am not speaking from expertise, but it just seems that bioresin may not be as durable. But that is something that wouldn't be known until these products were out there being used. Perhaps someone who is a materials expert could weigh in on this?

Bunter
User Rank
Platinum
Thoughts from a cyclist.
Bunter   10/8/2013 8:44:24 AM
NO RATINGS
I won't say "it will never work".  An engineer should "never" use that word.  ;^D

I have raced bikes on and off-road, commuted in city traffic in all weather (try winter in Fargo, ND, was I nuts?).  Frankly a non-vented, heavier helmet is a no go.  Might be able to do something for the skate park/freestyle crowd.

This is a loooooooooooooooooooong way from viable.

When we are talking safety equipment for myself or my family eco-friendliness will not even get a consideration.  The product has to perform. 

On the other hand if he wants to put the effort into development and can bring it to the point where it does not compromise safety or function we can talk.

TTFN

Dennis

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Thoughts from a cyclist.
Elizabeth M   10/8/2013 8:53:12 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for your comment, Bunter. I can totally see your point, and I would say that definitely yes, this product will not work as it is now. But maybe with some tweaks in the future, it could be a viable option. And the fact that someone is working with bioresin to replace something that was traditionally made from plastic is a good step forward for the use of more sustainable materials.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Thoughts from a cyclist.
Charles Murray   10/8/2013 7:01:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Good point, Bunter. If it doesn't perform in terms of safety or function, none of the other features will matter.

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Venture capital guru Steve Vassallo looks for companies that think about design, not just technology for technology's sake.
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service