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Adidas to develop 3D printed shoe

Sports giant Adidas has teased the consumer market with the latest version of its popular 3D printed shoe, Alphaedge 4D.

The first version was released back in 2018 and it was made in collaboration with the California-based 3D printer manufacturer Carbon, who used its proprietary CLIP technology, a Digital Light Synthesis process.

Over the past few years, Adidas has explored the potential of 3D printing to manufacture sports shoes. Two years ago, the shoemaker released its 3D printed shoe Y-3, which was designed by Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto with the midsole of the Y-3 was created with Carbon’s CLIP technology.

The company has also looked at specialising in running shoes that are 3D printed as well, releasing the 3D printed Y-3 RUNNER 4D II sneaker, extending its Futurecraft 4D series. The Futurecraft 4D has been nominated for 2019 3D Printing Industry Award in the category of Consumer Product of the year.

The success of such products has prompted adidas to release an updated version of the Alphaedge 4D shoe. As with the previous model of the Alphaedge 4D, the midsole of the shoes will be 3D printed, this time in mint green colour. 

There has been an increase in consumer product manufacturers adopting 3D printing technology for mass manufacturing. Other sportwear brands that have looked to make trainers from 3D technology include Reebok.

Furthermore, one of the benefits of 3D is manufacturing a product directly from a CAD model. This gives designers the freedom to create innovative and fully-customized products. The possibilities of this design freedom have been explored by Nike. The Zoom VaporFly Elite Flyprint 3D is a prime example of this application.

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