Adidas to Mass-Produce 3D-Printed Sneaker

Finally, the consumer public will be able to experience owning or wearing a 3D-printed pair of sneakers, courtesy of Adidas, buying off the shelf or ordering them online.

 

A 3D-printed shoe (not by Adidas)

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Adidas launched a new sneaker on Friday with a 3D-printed sole that it plans to mass-produce next year, part of a broader push by the German sportswear firm to react faster to changing fashions and create more customized products. - Read more at:

 

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. - Read more at:

This is a welcome development in the field of manufacturing. Mostly, 3D-printing last for hours, or even days [which] is in order and acceptable for prototyping but not for ‘mass-production’ or rather small series, among other challenges.

 

According to another news, Adidas’ Futurecraft 4D is a better version of the company’s’ last 3D-printed runners, which were more of a concept than an actual product.The new version is better suited for mass production – Adidas plans on selling 5,000 pairs this upcoming fall, which will scale up to more than 100,000 pairs by the end of 2018. - Read more at:

 

When Futurecraft 4D becomes available, it will surely put naysayers to rest with their negative outlook.

 

This review done last year, for example, sees 3 reasons mass-production in 3D-printing is not possible, among them is that the snail speed of 3D printing will create a huge production bottleneck when high pairage is involved. - Read more at

 

But with the help of Carbon, the Silicon Valley-based 3D-printing company, which Adidas has teamed up, mass-production of 3D-printed shoes will become a reality indeed, as the above-mentioned Tech Crunch article says: Carbon’s goal is to making 3D printing a viable manufacturing method for large-scale production across industries.

 

 

 

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