Building

Our holds are shaped by nature, and rebuilt by us. To do this we combine traditional and advanced manufacturing methods.

 

Advanced

Traditionally, climbing holds are shaped physically. Either by carving foam blocks or by shaping clay.

This has allowed manufactures to produce the plethora of climbing holds you see today.

But, to accurately replicate the outdoors we’ve had to adopt some new methods.

Pocket

The smooth surface has been added to the outside perimeter of this pocket. This allows the hold to be mounted indoors while preventing climbers from effectively using the added surface.

Digital Sculpting

At indoor gyms, climbing holds are mounted to flat walls. So they sit off the wall surface and have flat backs.

Outdoor, climbing holds are part of the wall. So they often sit into the wall and rarely have flat backs.

To bring these holds indoors some digital sculpting is required, although the parts of the outdoor hold you touch remain completely unchanged!

3D Printing

Printing is used to create moulds for our climbing holds.

Steriolithography (SLA) allows us to reliably print strong and detailed holds.

The holds are printed printed in layers as small as a human hair 0.025 mm. This precision allows us to reproduce every lump, bump and edge from the outdoors rock. So when you grab our holds they feel just like the real thing.

Once cured, the printed material also has a tensile strength almost twice that of some conventional materials. This means we can climb these holds, which is fantastic for rapid testing of prototypes.

Printers can also create complex shapes which are not possible with physical tooling, opening up a range of opportunities for innovative new holds.

 

Traditional

Moulding | Casting

Traditional moulding and casting remains the optimum solution for producing our final climbing holds.

It allows us to economically produce holds from the highest quality polyurethane and polyester materials. It also lets us get the colour just right for your gym.

Print | Mould | Cast

The three physical parts created in our process.

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Sand | Polish

Some hand work is still needed to get those ultra smooth surfaces.