13 May 2005
13 May 2005
Easton Sports, manufacturer of sporting goods equipment, has teamed up with Zyvex to introduce carbon nanotube technology to baseball bat design.
After years of research and development Easton in collaboration with Zyvex to apply carbon nanotube technology to the sport of baseball, which the company believe will revolutionize composite design and elevate the performance of players around the globe, according to Mike Zlaket, vice president of baseball/softball for Easton Sports.
""Already at the forefront of innovation, our engineers have pushed Easton's research and development to the next level with carbon nanotube technology,"" said Zlaket. ""Easton CNT is the real deal as we've been able to harness the true benefits of nanotechnology to give hitters of all ages and abilities stronger, lighter and better-performing bats. The Easton Stealth CNT will be the first bat to feature this unmatched technology.""
The addition of CNT, made possible by Zyvex NanoSolve materials and exclusive to Easton, strengthens composite structures to provide improved handle designs with optimized flex, responsiveness, and more ""kick"" through the hitting zone for maximum performance within the legal limits of the game.
The weakest areas in a traditional carbon fibre bat are the tiny spaces between the fibres that contain only resin. To improve the strength of these areas, CNT - sixteen times stronger than steel, according to the company - is dispersed throughout the resin making it tougher and stronger.
""Easton is known for its innovation, originality and ingenuity,"" said Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA, and president of Zyvex Corporation, which provided its NanoSolve materials for the bat. ""They continue to raise the bar by offering innovative products based on the most advanced composite materials, and we are pleased to be a part of their product development.""
The Stealth CNT is available in two different colour schemes that feature a black barrel fading into a either a green braided handle or a gold braided handle. The handle colour corresponds to the amount of flex and both graphic packages highlight CNT on the barrel.
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