Aaron Pearson
Vice President Public Relations

3D printed hockey stick, an example of the potential for 3D printed manufacturing, presented to Jim Craig Eric Bert, Vice President of Commercial Sales – North America, Stratasys (on right) presenting FDM 3D printed hockey stick to Miracle on Ice Goalie Jim Craig

The 2014 Winter Olympics may be over but the memory of the 1980 Miracle on Ice lingers on.

Stratasys recently had the pleasure of hosting guest speaker Jim Craig at an event in Lake Tahoe, California. Craig said he sees the future of 3D printing and the impact Stratasys is having on the way things are being designed and manufactured.  To show our appreciation to a hockey legend, we designed and 3D printed a goalie stick out of FDM 3D printing material and presented it to him at our event.  The 3D printed hockey stick is an example of the potential for 3D printed manufacturing.

Craig is best known as the goaltender from the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey game where an underdog United States Olympic Team upset the Soviet Union to advance to the gold medal game. Craig blocked 36 of 39 shots on goal from a stellar Soviet squad led by star right wing Boris Mikhailov, allowing the US to hold a tenuous one-goal lead in the 4-3 win in Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, Craig led Team USA again in its 4-2 win against Finland to win the gold medal. Craig was only 23 at the time, part of a team of amateur and collegiate players led by coach Herb Brooks, playing against a much more experienced Soviet team that had dominated international ice hockey since the 50s.  The unforgettable victory was largely due to the team spirit inspired by Brooks.

Craig asked Team Stratasys to autograph the stick. The goalie stick was 3D printed in two halves on the Fortus 900mc 3D Production System from Stratasys using sparse fill. The letters were 3D printed separately on a Fortus 400mc 3D Production System and then glued onto the goalie stick.