Monday, September 6th, 2021 - GoProto ANZ

Known as one of the greatest wicketkeepers in history, Ian Healy’s contributions to Blind Bats Inc and their newest venture in Beep Cricket promotes increased sporting accessibility for the blind and vision impaired.  

At a time when sport has been curtailed and operated in restricted environments, innovators within the cricketing domain are developing a new and improved cricket ball for blind and visually impaired players.  

In terms of playing blind cricket, the game has been played as a competitive sport in Australia since 1922.  The major adaption is the ball, which is slightly larger than a standard cricket ball and traditionally filled with ball bearings or bells to provide audible cues.  Listening to the sound of the ball is how the players are able to bowl and catch.  The biggest challenge for the game is when the ball stops moving in the field and no longer makes a sound.  

Paul Szep, president of Blind Bats Inc, is an avid supporter of blind cricket, after becoming aware of the Kookaburra Smartball and its technology, he came up with the idea of a continuous beeping cricket ball that’s remotely controlled by a phone app.  

Creating a new product can be a head-scratcher, particularly if you lack the right tools.  For the beeping ball, the design has to repeatedly withstand the punishment of a cricket bat, without damaging the internal electronics and requires keeping the ball at a reasonable weight and size.  With the assistance of local community and government grants, Paul presented his idea to Kookaburra Sport and Sportcor, the developers of the world’s first Kookaburra SmartBall technology that features an embedded micro-chip within a cricket ball to provide cricketers with real-time feedback.

Using this same technology and with the support of Kookaburra, development moved forward in designing a new audible ball that would meet the games regulatory requirements.  To test and validate the design, 3D printing has long been a popular medium for producing presentation & functional prototypes, and more recently volume manufacturing.  With a long-standing history in 3D printing and contract manufacturing, local manufacturer GoProto helped Kookaburra achieve the desired results using a combination of stereolithography (SLA) and traditional moulding technologies.

Sports has an amazing and unique way of making a positive impact in society.  James Sanders, General Manager for GoProto, has worked with Kookaburra Sport on a number of projects over the years.  “Professional 3D printing and moulding technologies have enabled sporting goods manufacturers, like Kookaburra, to develop sports equipment that’s lighter and better suited to the needs of the athlete.  The technology and materials used in creating the Beeping cricket ball has the ability to cement social cohesion and greater participation”.

Beeping cricket balls will soon be unveiled in an upcoming Blind Bats cricket match and showcase the many possibilities available for other visually impaired sports, such as Oz tag, Basketball and Soccer.  

The story of Beep Cricket is a new chapter in cricketing history.  A podcast between innovator Paul Szep and cricketing legend Ian Healy is available for listening at https://1015fm.com.au/2021/06/paul-szep-from-blind-bats-inc-talks-cricket-beep-ball-with-ian-healy-tony-clarke-2021-06-03/

About GoProto ANZ Pty Ltd
GoProto specialises in quick-turn, on-demand, custom manufacturing. Offering end-to-end solutions for 3D scanning, 3D printing / additive manufacturing, CNC machining, sheet metal, cast urethane, injection moulding, and finishing. They are a rapid manufacturing company with customer service at their core. They help manufacture and re-engineer parts for product development customers in medical, defence, industrial, automotive, mining, and many other industries. They utilise cutting edge technologies, methods, and the very best professionals to deliver 3D printed and conventionally manufactured parts fast, with world-class quality, and at a great value. GoProto’s manufacturing facilities are based in Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), as well as San Diego and California.

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For questions or more information on this release, please contact Kathryn Hay at [email protected] or +61 3 8899 7280

References & acknowledgements:
https://www.kookaburrasport.com.au/the-balls
https://www.hoppyshwc.com.au/about/
https://blindbats.org

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GoProto specialises in quick-turn, on-demand, custom manufacturing. Offering end-to-end solutions for 3D scanning, 3D printing / additive manufacturing, CNC machining, sheet metal, cast urethane, injection moulding, and finishing. They are a rapid manufacturing company with customer service at their core. They help manufacture and re-engineer parts for product development customers in medical, defence, industrial, automotive, mining, and many other industries. They utilise cutting edge technologies, methods, and the very best professionals to deliver 3D printed and conventionally manufactured parts fast, with world-class quality, and at a great value. GoProto’s manufacturing facilities are based in Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), as well as San Diego and California.

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Story about a new Australian designed product for the blind & vision impaired, developed through a collaboration between Blind Bats, Kookaburra Sport, Sportcor & local manufacturer GoProto. Prototypes will be unveiled later this month by QLD Govt event.

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