West Michigan Whitecaps Host First 3-D Printed T-Ball Game Tonight [Video]
Baseball is a sport that has been built on traditions for more than 150 years. Tonight, tradition will meet the future when the West Michigan Whitecaps host the first-ever game played by using equipment printed by 3D, or additive manufacturing, technology.
Huh, you say? You're not alone, but here's the deal. Two teams from the Northwoods Little League will take the field at Fifth Third Ballpark tonight at 5:30 p.m. and will use helmets, bats, balls, bases and tees all manufactured by Burton Precision/Universal 3D Print located in Comstock Park. The game is scheduled to last about 45 minutes. The Whitecaps take the field against the Burlington Bees at 7 p.m.
The process of 3-D printing uses computer-created digital models (CAD) to create real-world objects. The printers follow the shape of the CAD model by stacking layer upon layer of material to make the objects.
Burton Precision will also be on-site to custom 3D print figurines for fans for a nominal fee.
Then, it's on to the big game. The Whitecaps take the field against the Burlington Bees at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30. Following the game there will be a fireworks display courtesy of Family Fare.
Tickets for any remaining game in the 2014 regular season or playoffs can be reserved by calling the Whitecaps’ front office at 616-784-4131 or visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.