SPRING 2015

THE RACQUET WAFFLE

CONTEXT

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The intent of this project was to develop a product that could be used to adjust the alignment of a tennis racquet's strings quickly and effortlessly. The desire for the invention was initiated by the client after realizing a primary pain-point for tennis players is their inability to simply fix the varying tensions and spacing of the strings after playing a few sessions. the reason this occurs is through the forceful action of hitting the ball and subsequent shifting of the strings thereby creating a non-uniform net. This inevitable deficiency creates unnecessary difficulty for the player attempting to modify their swing to account for the small variations in the string spacing. The solution is a 3D printed 'waffle' containing pyramidal grooves that allow the user to easily push the strings perfectly into their predetermined alignments, with the inside profile of the racquet beam fitting snuggly around the outside edge of the waffle. 

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