10:00 Thursday 4th October 2018

Keynote: Para-Alpine Skiing

Para-Athletes can provide exciting challenges and the ideal platform on which to implement technological solutions. Para Sit-Skiing is no exception with its complex set of dynamic, ambient and athletic conditions. The bespoke nature of the equipment drives low cost tooling solutions and rapid measure to make production techniques. The need for aerodynamic efficiency and cost effective production demands A-class external surfaces. Some of the technical solutions implemented included the application of novel rubber interleaved laminates for impact protection, graphene enhanced resin systems for toughness and a carbon composite leaf spring interfaced to a 3D printed titanium suspension system. All that and it has to “feel” right. Inspiring confidence in the equipment to enable an athlete to perform.

Daniel Thompson, National Composites Centre