In their quest for Olympic Gold ahead of Tokyo 2021, the Italian National Cycling team enlisted the expertise of Russian manufacturer, Thor3D’s Italy-based partner, 3DiTALY, with the goal of reducing aerodynamic drag, which optimizes a cyclist’s efficiency. Thor3D’s Calibry scanner was created to scan historically challenging objects with a high degree of precision, therefore it was ideal for this challenge. Pinarello (bike manufacturer) and Hardskin (sportswear supplier), both furnished team Italy with all the necessary equipment to achieve top speeds, with Hardskin initiating the request to digitize each athlete and their Pinarello bicycles. Using 3D technology offers the cyclists precise and bespoke analysis; enabling them to reduce drag.
The project, financed by the Municipality of Montichiari, took place in the first and only indoor facility in Italy dedicated to track cycling, at the Velodrome of Montichiari, located in the province of Brescia. The 3D scanner data collected at the facility was then post-processed in Calibry Nest and sent to Pinarello’s engineers for them to dive into the aerodynamic studies. Optimizing a rider’s equipment and positioning is critical to gaining top speeds, no matter how small the unit of data, because in Olympic speeds, every fraction of a second counts. With an estimated 80% of the total drag being generated by cyclists themselves, getting every detail calculated could make all the difference in who goes home with the gold. 3D scan of cyclist. (Photo Credit: Thor3D) Imitating Olympic Race Day
The 3D scanning of a cyclist began with a warm-up […]