Performance Enhancement of a Bow Riser Through Additive Manufacturing (Ashton Blackwood & Joakim Lea)

Archery is a highly competitive Olympic sport. The pursuit of performance has been the obsession of athletes and engineers alike since the dawn of its competitive form. A perfect arrow launch is a function of the archer’s steady arm and the vibrational rigidity and structural stiffness of the bow. It is a well-known fact that a lighter bow provides a steadier aim. For this reason, professional athletes frequently use dumbbells during practice to improve their aim. By practicing with heavier objects, the lighter bow becomes exceedingly easier to maintain a steady aim with. Based on these observations, the primary performance parameter for a bow is reduced weight and maintained stiffness.


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