Generative design helps reduce weight of the snowboard binding by 25% lighter compared to the original one
The new bindings optimized with generative design, then additively manufactured, are 25% lighter than the original design—and strong enough to perform as a carbon-fiber binding would.
Using generative design technology, iteration on the new binding took just one week, compared to about three weeks when using traditional design processes. The faster design cycle meant ADDIT·ION could meet Nidecker’s tight deadline for unveiling the binding at a key trade show.
“What comes out of the generative design process is already proven,” says Flores. “The product simulation is built in. It can’t break. You know that what you print is going to work, and the workflow is so much faster. That is priceless.”