Adidas Futurecraft 4D Is Its First 3D-Printed Shoe

Posted: Apr 8 2017, 4:55am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 8 2017, 4:58am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Adidas Futurecraft 4D is its First 3D-Printed Shoe
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  • Adidas will start Mass Production of its first 3D Printed Sneaker

Adidas has divulged some important facts regarding its novel 3D printed shoe that will be up for mass production.

Adidas has been tinkering with 3D printing for awhile now. That has led to its Futurecraft 4D which happens to be a shoe that is its latest and most grandest of creations.

The mid-sole of this sneaker of sorts is made via a process known as Continuous Liquid Interface Production. In this, the design is actually pulled out through a vat of liquid polymer resin. Furthermore, it is solidified into its required form using ultraviolet light.

The firm which made the methodology possible in the first place, that is Carbon, is a Silicon Valley fixture. It claims that the technique is quicker and more flexible than the run-of-the-mill additive printing.

Thus mass production lies in the cards. Carbon is furthermore financed by the likes of Google and General Electric. The methodology allows for companies to make the transition from design to product in the blink of an eye. Unlike more conventional injection moulded plastics, the final materials are stronger and more agile.

Yet this technology is relatively new on the scene. Adidas is not making a leap without looking first. 3D printing is big stuff. It needs a lot of forethought before being taken hook, line and sinker.

About 5000 pairs of Futurecraft shoes will be sold later on in this year, according to Engadget. By the time 2018 arrives in all its glory, about 100,000 such shoes will have been constructed using the special method.

One of the spokespersons for the company said that it was indeed a milestone that had been covered not only for Adidas but for the entire industry. They had literally broken through the barrier.

3D printing has the added advantage that you can create fewer amounts of identical shoes. They could thus be custom-made according to specific orders. Also they could be costly ones made on special instructions by wealthy clients.

Furthermore, the shoe could be made to fit a particular customer’s foot or way of walking. The whole project will take some time since both Adidas and Carbon need to bring the expenses of the process down. Only then will it be commercially viable.

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