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Dunlop Biomimetics Technology
Introduced in 2011 - 2012 Updated for 2012 - 2013
Nature and its organisms have evolved over millions of years to become highly optimised and efficient in their chosen enviroment.
The concept of Biomimetics is the study of nature and the natural world to inspire the design of engineering solutions and cuting edge technology. Application of Biomimetic design can be seen in a diverse range of different industries from wing design on aircrafts to the design of high speed bullet trains and advanced structural engineering. Sporting examples include super strong crash cells in formula 1 cars inspired by honeycomb and hydrodynamic swimsuits inspired by shark skin.
Dunlop has taken this concept to inspire Biomimetic racquet Technologies, creating the ultimate range of performance racquets.
The 2012 - 2013 Biomimetic Technologies draw their key design features from some of nature's most evolved creatures: the apex predator, the sandfish skink and the birds of prey. The new Biomimetic technologies that were introduced for the 2012 - 2013 season are:
Isometric Head Shape: The isometric head shape offers a larger sweetspot located nearer to the 12 o'clock position on the racquet compared to convential geometry. This offers greater, more forgiving power across the racquet face and allowing players to hit more powerful shots when close to side walls.
Anatomic Construction: Apex predators are highly evolved for power and precision. Taking inspiration from the anatomical bone structure Dunlop has inverted the structural form of the throat in 3 key areas to minimise torsional deflection for increased precision and control of off center shots.
CX Technology: CX technology is inspired by the wings of birds of prey to reduce aerodynamic drag in the hoop. This combined with an isometric head shape greatly increases the racquets sweet spot to maximise power.
Anti-Friction Grommets: Insipred by the sandfish skink, a lizard that can swim through sand, Dunlop's unique grommet technology combines microscopic ridges with a near frictionless, high strength polymer that provides greater string movement and improved aerodynamics for added penetrative power.
The 2011 - 2012 Biomimetic Technologies draw their key design features from some of nature's most evolved creatures: the shark, the bee and the gecko. The three Biomimetic technologies that were introduced for the 2011 - 2012 season are:
Aeroskin: The patented technology strategically applied to the surface of Biomimetic rackets. Like the skin of a shark, Aeroskin is a highly textured surface that reduces aerodynamic drag by up to 25% (vs. previous Dunlop technology) for increased racket head speed and power. (See image above.)
HM6 Carbon: A newly designed carbon compound that mimics the hexagonal structure of a honeycomb, one of nature's strongest and most efficient structures. The HM6 carbon is placed between Aerogel-enhanced carbon to reduce racket vibration by up to 10% for ultimate energy return and feel. (See image above.)
Gecko-Tac: The name given to Dunlop's new grip surface treatment. Much like the pads found on gecko's feet, which can even cling upside down to wet surfaces, Gecko-Tac grip provides up to 50% more grip and tack than previous Dunlop grips, giving players greater feel and precision with their racket. (See image above.)
Steve Hall, Director of Marketing for Dunlop Racket Sports, said, "Squash players are going to love the feel and playability of these new Biomimetic rackets. The launch of the Dunlop Biomimetic tennis range was our most successful ever, and as the number one brand in squash we expect a similar result."