Adidas unveils new 3D printed shoe
One can see 3D printing in every aspect of life in these past couple of years. Now, Adidas launches its first 3D printed shoe called the Futurecraft 4D.
The mid-sole of the shoe is created using a process known as Continuous Liquid Interface Production, in which the design is essentially pulled out of a vat of liquid polymer resin, and fixed into its desired shape using ultraviolet light.
The Silicon Valley company that created the method, Carbon, say it’s faster and more adaptable than traditional additive printing, and can make mass-production 3D printing a reality. Carbon is financed by Google and General Electric, claims that the production rate will be faster in this way.
Only 5000 pairs of Futurecraft will be available later this year for sale, but the company says it will have more than 100,000 pairs by the end of 2018.
One of the attractions in using 3D printing is it can be used to produce smaller batches of shoes instead of in bulk. This means, they can be customised according to an individual's needs. That will take time, though, as Adidas and Carbon have to bring down the costs of production before these shoes are affordable. "Individualization will come, but you've got to learn to walk before you run," said Manz. The cost of a pair of Futurecraft 4Ds is not yet known, but Adidas says it will be in the “premium” price range.
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