Mazzuca, who also commands AeroWorks LLC, began running aerodynamic studies digitally. USA Luge says the project has now been bolstered by funding from the NSF, after a request from Gordy Sheer, USA Luge director of marketing and sponsorships and an Olympic silver medallist.
The NSF will provide a $221,517 (£165,000/€182,000) grant for the project, which will be given to the Clarkson University. The university’s mechanical and aeronautical engineering department will work in partnership with AeroWorks with the goal of bringing United States athletes to the podium in national and international events.
“The programme has already delivered results for us and the NSF’s generosity will only expand upon those results,” said Sheer. “We’ve been able to take the designs provided to us by AeroWorks and produce sleds that are on the ice right now. “Thanks to our friends at Stratasys, we are able to take those designs and turn them into sleds through their 3D mold printing process.