Q. Are your mounts compatible across different brands of helmets?
A. Most brands like to make subtle changes which alters the contours of their helmets. All our mounts are custom made to match the contours of each brand, model and year of manufacture of helmet.
Q. Does the helmet need to be clean before applying one of your mounts?
A. Yes it does! Ideally your helmet needs to be free of dirt and grease. We recommend wiping your helmet down with some isopropyl alcohol before application of our mounts.
Q. Why are some of your light mount products marked as 'Not suitable for hanging upside down?
A. Our light mounts were made predominantly for use on the top of your helmets or on your handlebars. When you hang the mounts upside down or out front they experience larger forces. We only recommend injection molded or resin printed mounts for this type of use.
Q. What warranty comes with your products?
A. We offer a limited warranty of 6 months for manufacturing defects. Due to nature of the activity crashes and accidents are quite common. Please note this does not include cover for products involved in crashes, mishandling or used beyond it's original design or intended use.
Q. Are your mounts compatible with Third party accessories?
A. All our products are designed to fit r3pro or genuine GoPro products only. Some third party products vary in size which result in loose fitting mounts.
Q. What plastics do you use?
A. PLA and TPU
Polylactic acid or polyactide (PLA) is a biodegradable and bioactive polyester made up of lactic acid building blocks. It was first discovered in 1932 by Wallace Carothers by heating lactic acid under vacuum while removing condensed water. During the early times, only low-density PLA was produced. By using lactide as a raw material and through the process of ring-opening polymerization, a high-density version of PLA was finally developed.
Early applications of high-density PLA were mostly limited to biomedical areas due to its ability to be safely absorbed biologically. Over the past decades, the development of economical production methods and a rising environmental consciousness in consumers lead to the widespread use of PLA as packaging material for consumer goods. PLA is manufactured from renewable sources and is compostable, addressing problems in solid waste disposal and lessening our dependence on petroleum-based raw materials. It is currently the second most produced and consumed bioplastic in the world in terms of volume.
To better understand ThermoPlastic Polyurethane (TPU) and its usability, it may be worthwhile to look at its functional ancestor – ThermoPlastic Elastomer (TPE). Until a few years ago, TPE was the material of choice when printing flexible materials.
TPE is essentially a plastic with rubber-like characteristics. It can be stretched up to twice its original length and revert to its original form without permanent deformation. However, the softness of the TPE filament made it difficult to work with. With a shore hardness of only 85A, TPE filaments had a tendency to be handled poorly by extruders that were not designed for flexible filaments.
TPU is the newer and firmer variant of TPE. By combining both low polarity segments (or soft segments) and high polarity segments (or hard segments) into a single polymer chain, TPU delivers a better combination of elasticity, rigidity, and flexibility. The resulting product has a slightly higher shore hardness of 94A, making it easier for the 3D printing extruder mechanism to handle.