Yinka Illori creates the first 3D printed basketball court in London
Daily life in a big city can be quite stressful, monotonous and frustrating at times. Especially in the past year and a half, when the quality of life has had to be restricted and all social contact minimized. To bring joy back to people and strengthen a sense of community, London’s Canary Wharf financial district commissioned local designer Yinka Ilori, known for his colorful designs, to design the neighborhood’s first public basketball court, made possible by to 3D printing.
As you can see, the Yinka Ilori basketball court is a real eye-catcher. But it’s not just the colors and shapes that are special here. The court floor is not hardwood or concrete, like conventional courts, but 3D printed polypropylene tiles, which were manufactured by the British company OnCourt. A major advantage of 3D printing these tiles is that the terrain markings have been integrated into the material itself, so the colors are more durable than the painted markings. Ilori confirms, “The colors used on the court are very vivid and I think they will last a long time. It’s still a sports field so there will be some wear and tear but I think the color and the material will stay. People have already started using it over the weekend, but it’s still in good shape so I think that’s one of the main benefits.
Additionally, OnCourt claims that the 3D printed floor, called Traction², provides better traction (grip) and less stress on players’ knees and ankles. In fact, this project is the world’s first fully machine-printed athletic field surface, proving once again that additive manufacturing can make the impossible possible. More detailed information on 3D printing is not yet known.
As already mentioned, the basketball court is located in the Canary Wharf financial district in London. However, the field is only half the size of traditional courts and is therefore designed for 3 × 3 basketball games, where there are only three players from one team at a time on the field at the same time. instead of five, and there is also only one basket. Designer Yinka Ilori put a lot of thought into the design of the court. For example, not only colorful patterns adorn the walls of his project, but also the slogan “Be the best you can be”. With this statement, Ilori wants to encourage athletes of all skill levels to literally stay on the ball after this period of inactivity. “It was about trying to inject that sense of hope and positivity into space. All you can do is do your best – I think that applies to everything we do in our lives ”, said the Londoner.
More information about this project and Ilori’s other work can be found HERE. What do you think of this 3D printed basketball court? Let us know in a comment below or on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages! Sign up for our free weekly Bulletin here, the latest 3D printing news straight to your inbox!