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Introducing the XRD® 810 Teardrop: Maximum Impact Protection

Posted by Dave Sherman on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 | No Comments »

So far in our XRD® 810 Series, we’ve described various patterns that use designs which enable your impact protection pads to offer greater range of motion, lighter weight, absorbing both high and low rates of speed and providing ultimate coverage.   The final shape in the XRD 810 prototyping series is the 810 Teardrop.

The 810 Teardrop shape is designed for maximum coverage while mainly flexing in one direction.  Additionally the 810 Teardrop shape nests well to eliminate unnecessary exposure. The 810 Teardrop is ideal for applications where impact can be direct and targeted.  It is great for use with shins, thighs, ribs, and chest.

Follow these simple steps to use the 810 Teardrop for our prototyping needs.

810 Back teardrop

An XRD® 810 Teardrop shape designed to protect the lower back

1. Download and print the Teardrop worksheet: A4 or 8.5″ x 11″ sizes.

2. Use scissors to cut a shape that works best for your application.

3. Arrange the shapes on your application.

4. Apply the shapes using an acrylic or polyurethane adhesive, fusible web adhesive, or insert it into a pocket. (We have found that Pellon’s Heavy Duty Wonder Under paper backed fusible web tends to work well when bonding to apparel)

You can use shapes you make from the 810 Teardrop or Rogers can work with you to make a custom part based from your prototype.

The 810 Teardrop is available in two different densities (12 lb/f3 and 20lb/f3) and its dimensions are 10 in Length x 8 in Width x .217 in Thick (254 mm x 203 mm x 5.5 mm).

Not sure which shape is right for your product?

810 Hex: Offers great coverage while being flexible and comfortable.
Suggested Use: General use for upper and lower body padding and equipment.

810 Mini Hex: Lower profile and smaller hex pattern provides additional mobility and comfort while maintaining good coverage.
Suggested Use: Protective padding for elbows, knees and knuckles.

810 Cones: Dual action protection system designed to adapt to different levels of impact. While the unique cone shape dissipates the impact, XRD Technology also works to absorb the impact.
Suggested use: high impact protection for helmets, thigh, shoulders, etc.

810 Delta: Designed to minimize weight and thickness, while maintaining excellent impact protection abilities.
Suggested Use: Protective padding for tight design spaces such as ankles, ribs and forearms.

810 Tear Drop: Maximum impact protection coverage and flexibility made possible with unique, smooth flowing tessellation, that minimizes zones of exposure.
Suggested Use: Full coverage protection for lower and upper body.

XRD Impact Institute

For questions about design, prototyping or testing, please feel free to contact Dave Sherman at the  XRD Impact Institute  at dave.sherman@rogerscorp.com.  We’d love to work with you on your next challenge!

To learn more about the entire series of XRD 810 shapes, please visit our 810 Series Page  and our Custom Die Cut Program info sheet.

Dave Sherman

Dave Sherman

Technical Design Solutions Manager at XRD® Impact Institute
Dave Sherman is the Innovation Leader at the XRD® Impact Institute - the research, design and testing facility of XRD® Impact Protection Technology. His experience involves a wide variety of foams including polyethlyene, polypropylene, EVA, rubber, polyurethane, silicone, and melamine. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from RPI, as well as over 30 years of experience in the business of developing material solutions to meet demanding customer needs.

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