Based on individual foot scanning, 3D-printed midsoles for consumers is the latest high-end, light, flexible, and highly durable kicks designed to fit an individual’s weight and gait brought to us by Adidas.
In partnership with Carbon, a Silicon-valley based tech company, Adidas released it’s “Futurecraft 4D” sneakers last Friday.
The mid-sole of the shoe is made using the process known as “Continuous Liquid Interface Production”, wherein the design is significantly pulled out of a vat of liquid polymer resin, then cured into its desired shape using ultraviolet light.
Instead of the traditional 3D printing technology from the near past, their breakthrough significantly speeds up the overall manufacturing cycle. Carbon, the company that created the method, said that it can make mass-production 3D-printing a reality.
“This is a milestone not only for us as a company but also for the industry,” said Adidas head of technology innovation Gerald Manz. “We’ve cracked some of the boundaries.”
As for the price, it will not be on the average price range but on the “premium.”
Late 2016, Adidas sold a few pairs of running shoes with soles made by regular 3D printing for $333 but they were somewhat inflexible and heavy and took 10 hours to print.
Adidas plans to sell 5,000 pairs of “Futurecraft 4D” sneakers this year, and 100,000 pairs by the end of 2018. They said that as the technology improves, the cheaper it will be in the future.
Adidas last month experimented with a pop-up store where customers could design a custom-fitted sweater and have it knitted in the store. (Reuters)