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Hi there! The company where I am writing my thesis for is wondering whether there is a demand for better fitting or customised ski racing protection!(with the help of 3D printing)

Are you currently experiencing  problems with your ski racing equipment?

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We get these requests from time to time; always curious how a thesis (MA? MBA? MS?) is written at a company. Or for a company. Companies may be studied, and data collected, but typically your university is where you write your thesis. You know, for your committee and all that? Are you sure you're not just doing some advertising for a start-up? No blame, just odd how the language is always the same. 

 

But I digress. This is kind of a solution waiting for a problem. Unless you're planning to make racing suits or helmets, I assume you mean slalom gear, other events tend not to use strap on plastic. Do you mean for adults or children? In general, shin guards never fit shins, let alone shins under regular ski pants, which is how practice occurs a high % of the time. Ski pole handle guards rarely fit real hands. Haven't seen too many injuries from unwieldy shin or arm guards, but have seen some pole guards that didn't do the job. Most recreational racers or kids below U16 don't wear arm guards. 


So all in all, 3D is a great solution, but unclear there's the demand for paying more for easier fitting gear. We already pay for molded-in-China ABS with some cheap foam and velcro at about the same rate as gold. May have hit that inelastic piece of the demand curve. IMO, put your company's efforts into boots - ski and otherwise - and everyone will be worth more when you go public. 

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We get these requests from time to time; always curious how a thesis (MA? MBA? MS?) is written at a company. Or for a company. Companies may be studied, and data collected, but typically your university is where you write your thesis. You know, for your committee and all that? Are you sure you're not just doing some advertising for a start-up? No blame, just odd how the language is always the same.

 

Sounds like this particular spammer forgot that it's one or the other...either writing a thesis for a class or researching for a company...not writing a thesis for a company :D 

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The skepticism is warranted however I'm going to assume he's writing a thesis for his degree at a university while also working for a company that is searching for products. So...I'm playing,

The problem I have with my ski racing equipment is that I have to repair, tune and wax it. If you can create better fitting or customised ski racing protection with 3D printing that eliminates the need for that...I'm on board.
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We get these requests from time to time; always curious how a thesis (MA? MBA? MS?) is written at a company. Or for a company. Companies may be studied, and data collected, but typically your university is where you write your thesis. You know, for your committee and all that? Are you sure you're not just doing some advertising for a start-up? No blame, just odd how the language is always the same. 

 

But I digress. This is kind of a solution waiting for a problem. Unless you're planning to make racing suits or helmets, I assume you mean slalom gear, other events tend not to use strap on plastic. Do you mean for adults or children? In general, shin guards never fit shins, let alone shins under regular ski pants, which is how practice occurs a high % of the time. Ski pole handle guards rarely fit real hands. Haven't seen too many injuries from unwieldy shin or arm guards, but have seen some pole guards that didn't do the job. Most recreational racers or kids below U16 don't wear arm guards. 


So all in all, 3D is a great solution, but unclear there's the demand for paying more for easier fitting gear. We already pay for molded-in-China ABS with some cheap foam and velcro at about the same rate as gold. May have hit that inelastic piece of the demand curve. IMO, put your company's efforts into boots - ski and otherwise - and everyone will be worth more when you go public. 

Thnx for the helpful response! I am from Holland if that is what you mean with language?

In Holland it is custom to write your thesis at a company, especially when studying business. I am not advertising for a start up company :)

 

For my thesis I am researching if there is a demand for customised protective gear, if yes, I would like to include a strategy how to develop better equipment and how to approach big players such as POC. 

 

For my thesis I need more information and primary data, therefore I am on this form. 

 

Could you please tell me some more about these issues you described , do you have problems with these issues yourself? 

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In holland it is custom to have an internship at the company and writing the thesis for the company.

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I stand corrected.   Still skeptical since these requests all seem a little boilerplate...and weird...but maybe a language/culture thing.

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