Kupol – 3D Printed Bike Helmet
Reinventing the Helmet with 3D Printing
The bike safety specialists at Kupol have revolutionized bike helmets with a completely new model, made possible thanks to 3D printing—the future of head protection that’s ready to be marketed. The Kupol helmet was created in Québec and offers a safe, comfortable, and lightweight helmet that’s the perfect solution for all cyclists.
For the last two years, Québec company Kupol has been fine‐tuning patents for a helmet that’s set to revolutionize cycling as we know it. Its unique and innovative safety ideas combined with the advent of 3D printing have enabled the company to create a truly avant‐garde design. “Not only have we come up with a helmet that’s different,” says Kupol president Gabriel Boutin, “we have completely revolutionized how it’s made. It’s been over 20 years since helmets have hit the road, and very little has changed until now.”
Safety, comfort, and aeration
Advances in 3D‐printing technology have given the experts at Kupol a better way to explore and design safety features to create superior helmets when it comes to aesthetics, adjustments, and function. 3D printing has enabled the company to achieve a degree of accuracy that’s revolutionizing traditional bike helmets and streamlining design.
The Kupol helmet is designed to react to impacts from any angle and absorb rotational forces—the characteristics of most cycling accidents. Being able to fully adjust the helmet is key, which is why Kupol aims to introduce a selection of sizes that’s double what’s available on the market today.
Revolutionary technology that comes with beauty and brains
The company has created on a triple system that works to offer the perfect fit and increased safety. The result is the revolutionary KOLLIDE SAFETY SYSTEM®, made from:
- An internal KORE® designed to collapse on impact to take the brunt of the force
- KINETIC BUMPERS® under the shell that cushion the head in the event of a fall at low speeds
- Over 100 sucker‐like OKTOPUS® pods that offer an ideal fit and protection against quick rotational movements
Combined, these innovative features give the Kupol helmet its light, breathable characteristics and provide increased comfort and safety.
Driven by passion
Kupol president Gabriel Boutin has been working in the cycling industry for over 10 years, and he’s passionate about all things bike‐related. Gabriel spent over half his career creating and designing bike helmets as an industry consultant, and he felt it was finally time to start Kupol and revolutionize helmet safety features for avid cyclists, one helmet at a time.
“We’re proud of our work,” says Gabriel Boutin. “We are going to continue exploring 3D printing and designing new ideas to make cycling safe and enjoyable for everyone. This launch is just the first step, and it has shown us that innovation in the field is not only possible—it’s needed. We’re just getting started.”
Kupol is live on Kickstarter. Early birds can get one starting at $155 (50% discount from future retail price).