The generative design (I talked about it here) allows this helmet to guarantee the exact same safety and solidity with a stunning lightness. And a striking design.
The designers Yuefeng zhou, Zhecheng xu e Haiwei wang present the Voronoi bike helmet, inspired (look a bit) by Voronoi diagrams widely found in nature.
The helmet is both light and safe, and provides users with comfortable and… original personal protection, don't you think?
The Voronoi diagrams
It is a particular type of space distribution that places points within a perimeter as close as possible to a defined point. It's not easy to simplify its definition without distorting it, so I'll give you a Link where to understand more, and a photo to make you understand immediately what we are talking about.
The Voronoi bike helmet showcases a combination of parametric techniques to achieve an exceptional mechanical system. The outer shell, which mimics the Voronoi patterns found in the bone structure of animals and turtle shells, is different from all traditional protective structures.
When the bike helmet is hit by an external force, it shows better stability. the porous characteristics of Voronoi allow to achieve the perfect balance between safety and balance.
“With the parametric technique, we perform mechanical simulation experiments of the sampling points of the internal structure,” comment the designers. 'According to the data obtained from the simulation, the sampling points of the internal structure are reorganized correctly and the bike helmet gets its integrated structure system.
Its appearance recalls nature like no other. From bubbles superimposed on lungs, from a brain to the canopy of trees, passing through bones and shells: a masterpiece.
Voronoi, an adjustable density structure
On a technical level? Considering the convenience of the parametric technique, it is possible to directly control the density parameters of the entire structure system. The simulation result affects the control parameters that make this bike helmet unique.
In practice, this type of design allows the bike helmet to improve itself, progressively, adapting its internal design to different users and usage scenarios. Above all, it allows him to obtain maximum shock absorption with the minimum use of material.
Voronoi bike helmet received the design award A in the design category of safety clothing and personal protective equipment.
However, I consider it a paradigm, more than the design of a bike helmet
Such a system integrated into a 3D printer will one day make it possible to apply Voronoi diagrams on a scan of a skull.
From that data, an absolutely customized helmet on everyone's head will be processed in real time. And with the density necessary to protect it from the specific risks of its conformation.