Adidas has launched a new pair of trainers that are 3D printed using oxygen and light.

This may sound futuristic, but it’s a reality we’re living in today. The shoes are manufactured using techniques which allow the shoes to form their shape to the wearer’s feet no problem! So if you have two left feet, you’re in luck. Adidas says the technology used to create these sci-fi-esque shoes could end up making all future shoes bespoke to the person wearing them, regardless of weight, height or any other parameters that are different from the ‘average persons’.

The $300 Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoe with a midsole using a new 3D technology may well be the first of millions to come.
The $300 Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoe with a midsole using a new 3D technology may well be the first of millions to come.

 

Adidas is working alongside Silicon Valley startup Carbon3D  with their new 3D technology. They plan on creating 100,000 pairs of shoes by the end of  2018 however they have said they wish to ramp up production to millions in the coming years. James Carnes said “We are scaling a production. The plan will put us as the (world’s) biggest producer of 3D-printed products.” – We all know how great 3D Printing has been in recent years from 3D Printed houses3D Printed Prosthetic arms for kids and even food! So who’s to say we can’t have a mass market of fresh  Adidas kicks?

 

It took just 11 months from the time Adidas and Carbon first met before Futurecraft 4D's January release.
It took just 11 months from the time Adidas and Carbon first met before Futurecraft 4D’s January release.

 

3D Printing has many alleys you can go down, it isn’t just for engineers or other ‘standard’ industries, it can also be for the arts and more creative industries such as product design and fashion. Students should be told about all the wonderful opportunities there are for 3D printing, as the limit is no longer the sky (thanks to NASA for 3D Printing in space).

So, we’ve got 3D printed shoes but this isn’t the first time fashion and 3d printing have crossed paths – a few years ago Julian Hakes used Ultimaker 3D printers to print some beautiful fashion. But it wasn’t just the designs that made these special, it was the cost and time saved in the process compared to older prototyping ways. Julian said, “Ultimaker is a fantastic machine to have in the studio…it won’t be long before we can make a solid, reliable, wearable shoe, directly from 3D printing.” Little did he know that a few years on we’d have Adidas on the forefront of 3D printed shoes.

In 18 months, Julian made over 100 prints and modifications – far more than would have been possible using 3rd party suppliers. Material costs and printing times are successfully managed by adjusting the model size, and it’s much easier to modify, collaborate, and get innovative with the manufacturing process.
In 18 months, Julian made over 100 prints and modifications – far more than would have been possible using 3rd party suppliers. Material costs and printing times are successfully managed by adjusting the model size, and it’s much easier to modify, collaborate, and get innovative with the manufacturing process.

 

The world of 3D printing is MASSIVE – There’s just so many different uses for it. We love the new shoes from Adidas and can’t wait to see what else comes of it – maybe you, the person reading this will be the next leader in the mass market of 3D Printed fashion!

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