Adidas unveils new 3-D printed shoes
Adidas will be releasing a brand new shoe model called the Futurecraft 4D. The brand has been playing around with 3D printing as a manufacturing method for a while now. This might be their most ambitious creation yet.
According to The Verge.com, 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 of Continuous Liquid Interface Production says it’s faster and more adaptable than traditional printing and can make mass production 3D printing a reality. The
company also claims that the final materials are more robust and flexible than traditional injection molded plastic.
Only 5,000 pairs of the Futurecraft 4D shoes will go on sale later this year, but the company says it aims to produce 100,000 pairs in total by the end of 2018. The cost of each pair of shoes is not yet known.