Springfree Trampoline is a unique, patented trampoline design that originated out of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ. Professor Keith Alexander spent over a decade in design and prototyping before the prototype product was acquired by Springfree.
Working with Dr Alexander, the design requiring a significant amount of “productisation development” before it could reach the market, a local engineering group was set up to advance the product into manufacturing.
The Springfree design was completely new and required both new materials and new production processes, previously unused in the trampoline market. As part of that, a unique, “self-locking” edge fitting mechanism was required to be designed and developed. Springfree required an injection moulded plastics partner with strong die design skills and the ability to economically scale production at a local site. The strategy was to maintain tight control over manufacturing and materials selection, so as to make copying the product harder.