Beach Tennis Bat Beach Tennis Bat by Thijs Goossink

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Beach Tennis Bat

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Beach Tennis Bat

INSPIRATION:
Beach tennis stimulates social interaction, fun and physical health. With a present market ranging from toy to lifestyle accessory, the game in itself has always been popular with sportive young adults. In this segment we observed innovation opportunities with a specific focus on performance, ergonomy and quality. Beside a global increase of health awareness, the emerging offline trend will benefit beach tennis as well.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Pydra's next generation beach tennis bat features an ergonomic grip design. Its atypical orientation, tactility and natural angle allow for fast switching between forehand and backhand side without axial wrist rotation. This reduces wrist load and accelerates the game.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Beach tennis, also known as frescobol, matkot or beach paddle ball, is played by two people. The goal is to keep playing the flexible soft rubber ball back and forth as long as possible at a convenient distance. The game has no official rules and is non-competitive; both players benefit from each other's agility and stamina to keep the game going. This can lead to sensational showdowns with high exposure, especially at crowded beaches.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Various new concepts and grip designs were 3d printed and evaluated in the past few years. Design of the final version and ergonomic analysis started in April 2017, our first prototypes were made in June and July 2017 and successfully tested.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The bat is made from a rigid foam core with a solid polymer shell. Future product ranges may have fibre-reinforced composite skins.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Diameter 280 mm, blade thickness 12 mm, weight appr. 325 grams. Waterproof, UV resistant and floats in water.

TAGS:
beach, tennis, ball, game, fun, recreation, sport, sports, toy, paddle, frescobol, seaside, matkot, leisure, design, pydra, bat, racket, racquet

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
To fabricate the test prototypes, the best method to obtain the desired properties was to use a Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) on a two-part split mould. After curing of the epoxy resin, two opposite carbon shells were aligned and bonded together with expanding epoxy foam. The final result is a stiff and light carbon fibre composite bat. Eventually 2 sets were made this way. The bat's artwork is actually a two-dimensional representation of a self-created piece of 3D wall art in our house.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to get the grip's shape exactly right and to master the software to do this. Another challenge is to find the best materials and a suitable economical production process to achieve the best combination of weight, rigidity and blade resilience.

ADDED DATE:
2017-10-18 12:42:10

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Thijs Goossink and Esther Jager

IMAGE CREDITS:
Thijs Goossink

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
EU Registered Community Design #004365005-0001, owned by T. Goossink, 2017 Benelux Trademark Registry #1019841, owned by T. Goossink, 2017

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.pydra.nl
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Pydra

PROFILE:
Pydra is an early stage brand with a primary focus on the recreational market, specifically beach wear and gear. Initially being only a project name and platform to develop the Pydra beach tennis racket, it inspired the creators as well to invent additional concepts to form a particular product mix for this market. Taking a step-by-step approach, Pydra aims to become a creator of quality design products for universal fun, health and comfort at the beach.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Beach Tennis Bat Beach Tennis Bat by Thijs Goossink is a Nominee in Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Equipment Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Beach Tennis Bat Beach Tennis Bat by Thijs Goossink is Winner in Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Equipment Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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