Watch: See How Wilson Designed Its New 'Airless' Basketball Prototype

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Wilson rolled out a first-of-its-kind 3D-printed ball. The ball is playable, nearly fitting the performance specifications of a regulation basketball, including its weight, size and rebound (bounce).

The ball, however, does not need to be inflated because it is comprised of a black, see-through lattice with eight panel-like “lobes.” While the 3D Airless Prototype Basketball showcases the shared drive for innovation between Wilson and the NBA, there will be no changes made to the Wilson NBA official game ball, which will continue to be comprised of the same leather materials, eight-panel configuration, and performance specifications currently in use.

Check out the video below for the story of how the ball was designed: 

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