Introduced in 2011 - 2012 Updated for 2012 - 2013, 2013 - 2014 and now 2014 - 2015
Nature and its organisms have evolved over millions of years to become highly optimized and efficient in their chosen environment.
The concept of Biomimetics is the study of nature and the natural world to inspire the design of engineering solutions and cutting 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.
For 2014 Dunlop has introduced 4 new Biomimetic Technologies, they are CXMAX technology, Tapered Shaft, Hybrid Cross Section and CX Grommets.
CXMAX: The streamlined aerodynamic profile with concave internal cross section at the top of the hoop provides superior aerodynamics and increased main string length. This powerful fusion increases the sweet spot size and moves it closer to the tip of the racquet to deliver increased elastic power enhanced by faster racquet head speed for unstoppable shot speed.
Tapered Shaft: The conical tapered shaft delivers outstanding racquet resilience and enhances overall racquet stiffness. This powerful combination gives the shaft greater energy return on impact for increased whipping power.
Hybrid Cross Section: Hybrid power properties of an oval cross section in the head with the stability and comfort of a box section in the shaft portion of the racquet helps provide more power than previous models without loss of control.
CX Grommets: Pocketed grommets and a more aerodynamic cross section in the racquet hoop make the new geometries more aerodynamic than previous models helping to increase racquet head speed.
For 2013 Dunlop developed entirely new technologies and introduced new racquet frame geometries to take the concept of Biomimetics to another level by creating the most performance enhanced range of racquets to date. The new Biomimetic technologies for 2013 - 2014 are BioFibre, Aeroskin Cx and MoS2 Grommets.
BioFibre: Stronger than steel and lighter than carbon, Dunlop has extracted the stem fibres from plants and woven them into the shaft portion of the racquet. On ball impact this natural fibrous structure actively filters shockwaves by 18% to provide a cleaner more solid hit than conventional all composite construction.
AeroSkin Cx: Dunlop has taken the concept of low drag surface texturing to a new level. Inspired by the textured skin of sharks and engineered in a wind tunnel, AeroSkin Cx smooth's turbulent air and reduces drag by up to 36% to provide greater racquet head speed for more penetrative shot making.
MoS2 Grommets: Inspired by the wear resistant self lubricating properties of snake skin, Dunlop has engineered a revolutionary new polymer featuring a microscopic lubricant MoS2. This increases grommet durability by 40% and reduces string friction by 27% delivering more string movement for enhanced power and spin.
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."