The Dome lab boasts more than 50 test fixtures as well as 3D printers, injection molding and thermal molding equipment, an in-house wind tunnel, and CNC machines.
The Dome - a leader in helmet testing, research and development, and in-house test lab serving Bell and Giro - has launched a helpful new website www.HelmetFacts.com. The informational resource aims to serve as an educational tool for consumers and helmet brands, and includes videos and a library of detailed information regarding materials, standards and testing protocols for helmets and head protection.
"We saw unmet needs for more information related to head protection," explained Thom Parks, senior director of product safety at Bell Sports. "We're seeing a lot of confusion and misinformation in the marketplace. The Dome and its engineering staff have taken a leadership role in this arena for more than six decades, so we thought it appropriate to invest the time and energy into educating consumers."
The Dome's has designed HelmetFacts.com to be an unbiased resource. The reason is simple - head protection is serious business and we all benefit from learning. A trip to HelmetFacts.com can reveal the differences between materials like expanded polypropylene and expanded polystyrene, and addresses common questions like "When should a helmet be replaced?"
Helmet technology has come a long way in the last several years thanks in part to facilities such as the Dome.
The website also sheds light on the dozens of current helmets standards across the globe and includes videos showcasing helmet testing for power sports, cycling and snow sports.
The Dome lab is located in Scotts Valley, California, and the facility boasts more than 50 test fixtures as well as 3D printers, injection molding and thermal molding equipment, an in-house wind tunnel, CNC machines and other equipment used in the design, develop, and evaluation of new ideas in head protection.
The test lab and its engineering staff began in 1954 to support Bell Helmets. In the following decades these resources have served many helmet categories (including tactical, military, hockey, football, baseball and equestrian) and supported many brands, including Bell, Easton, Giro, MIPS, and Riddell. The facility was officially named the Dome in 2011. Today, the Dome is focused on testing and R&D in powersports, cycling and snow sports, and serves as the in-house test lab for Bell and Giro.
To learn more visit www.helmetfacts.com.