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Kupol3DhelmetBy Kupol3Dhelmet
First created
Kupol3DhelmetBy Kupol3Dhelmet
First created
CA$ 35,620
pledged of CA$ 100,000pledged of CA$ 100,000 goal
151
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 1 2018 8:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

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The future of helmets presented to you by the GLOBAL CYCLING NETWORK

the future of manufacturing

The kupol helmet is the perfect example to showcase the power of 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing. Our complexe structures would not be possible with any other technology.

Many obstacles that were considered unavoidable are now a thing of the past. By letting old restrictions go away, we can now focus on what's really important: your needs.

Testing

As any other helmet manufacturer, we did our homework and went to several impact tests to reach the point of high efficiency.

Using a standard impact and certified impact rig, we focused on the most difficult test to pass: namely the flat impact at 20km/hour. Our patent pending 3D structures can sustain a strong impact and offer a deceleration that is in accordance with the Federal regulations..

Most of our impact tests have been performed with helmet section to make it even more difficult to pass. It was also the ideal way to better comprehend the dynamics of collapsing structures. Here you can see a test the 3D KORE which is the centerpiece of the kupol helmet.

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Certification

The certification process will take place just after we have the pre-production units in hand. It is the standard procedure in the industry. Prior internal tests give the manufacturer the confidence to present is product to the federal regulation bodies and obtain the approval.

Future regulation

The rotational forces mitigation aspect is not covered by any regulation today. It is a science in development and many helmet manufacturers offer their approach to this important topic.

The Oktopus technology by kupol is a giant step forward into that direction. There is no solution on the market that is comparable to the benefits of an array of multidirectional soft pods.

Our unique team

This journey would not have been possible without the support of its early investors who put their trust in this breakthrough. Eve-Lyne and Martin Lemay know first hand the pain of losing someone they love in a fatal cycling accident. They truly believe in the importance of wearing effective head protection so they decided to team-up with the creative lead and CEO of kupol, industrial designer, Gabriel Boutin.

The inventor

Gabriel Boutin is born in 1983 in Quebec City, Canada. He graduated a collegial formation in industrial design in 2003. He founded its first company in 2007 and became a consultant in the field of product design, driven by a strong will to push the envelope.

He shortly began to work on sports equipment for a major player in the industry. He developed its own creation process to better translate initial intention (ideas) into final designs (products). He successfully realized more than a dozen helmets that had a tangible impact on the helmet industry.

Slowly but surely, he became concerned by the lack of major leaps in innovation in cycling safety. Aside from the growing solutions regarding rotational motion damages, the foam helmet has not significantly evolved for the past 20 years. Some argue that « yes it did! », but its pale in comparison to the portable phone for example.

Obsessed by that lack of progress, he kept looking for a new approach that would be at the perfect intersection of manufacturing and design. He gathered information about the new technologies in 3D printing. And one day, it all came together: the helmet of the future would be 3D printed.

He began testing with different type of tridimensional structures but also with several technologies of printing. He learned from experimentation as quickly as possible to find the right approach to energy absorption.

In summer 2017, he found the exact 3D structure that would populate the kupol helmet that we see today. Then the journey to revolutionize the helmet industry really began. 

Why Kickstarter?

We could have used the traditional way to introduce our helmet to the market, but we knew we had to be where game-changing ideas begin. We strongly believe the future of all helmets is in 3D printing. Yes, that’s a big bold statement, but we believe it needs to be heard by an international audience.

On Kickstarter, there is no place for half results. It’s an incentive to deliver the very best you’ve got to offer, and we’re fully confident kupol’s helmet is of the highest quality. For us, the choice of where to launch our product was easy, and here we are on Kickstarter!

Risks and challenges

No doubt, switching from standard foam to 3D printing is quite a leap, but it’s far from impossible: we did it.

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