3d Printed Shoes

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3d Printed Shoes

LONG LIVE MINIMALISM Remember minimalist shoes? The barely-there footwear was supposed to turn us all into graceful gazelles and save us from injury. Shoe makers rushed to produce models to capitalize on the fad, but the promise never panned out and runners quickly abandoned those shoes for the thicker, softer models en vogue today. Some modern shoes still maintain characteristics of the minimal movement—light weight, lower heel-to-toe drop, little to no heel counter—but finding a true minimal shoe on a store wall is difficult now. But we’re excited to see that the shoe that started it all is back. New Balance has re-released the Minimus Trail 10v1. Launched in 2011, the MT10 has a thin sole with Vibram rubber for durability on rocky trails. The flexible mesh upper is airy yet locks to your foot thanks to thick straps that wrap around your ankle and over the ball of your foot. In testing five years ago, we found that forefoot strap to be a little too snug for some runners—especially those with high insteps—and praised the updated model that eliminated the strap. In any case, lightweight, efficient runners who are looking for a nimble dance partner on trails will be pleased to see the MT10 is available again. * * * Follow Shoes & Gear Editor Jeff Dengate on Twitter @dengaterade. Have a question about shoes or gear? Send it to Jeff here.
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3d Printed Shoes

A little over a year ago, Adidas unveiled a concept for a 3D-printed running shoe called the Futurecraft 3D. The shoes were early, tentative steps towards a future where Adidas customers can turn up to a store, have a jog on the treadmill and then leave in a pair of customized, 3D-printed running shoes.
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The shoes’ upper is made from a combination of open and lose knitted structures, something Adidas calls Primeknit. A 3D-printed web structure of varying density and a 3D-printed heel counter makes up the rest of the shoe, avoiding glueing or stitching and, according to the company, making for greater elasticity and support.
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3d Printed Shoes

Remember minimalist shoes? The barely-there footwear was supposed to turn us all into graceful gazelles and save us from injury. Shoe makers rushed to produce models to capitalize on the fad, but the promise never panned out and runners quickly abandoned those shoes for the thicker, softer models en vogue today. Some modern shoes still maintain characteristics of the minimal movement—light weight, lower heel-to-toe drop, little to no heel counter—but finding a true minimal shoe on a store wall is difficult now.
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3d Printed Shoes

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“Futurecraft 3D is a prototype and a statement of intent,” said Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member of adidas. “We have used a one-of-its-kind combination of process and material in an entirely new way. Our 3D-printed midsole not only allows us to make a great running shoe, but also to use performance data to drive truly bespoke experiences, meeting the needs of any athlete.”
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“There is potential that printed parts could be superior to the foam parts we’re making now,” said Katherine Petrecca, General Manager for Studio Innovation at New Balance. “But the future of on-demand manufacturing is also very attractive.”
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3D printing is breaking down all kinds of barriers when it comes to made-to-fit products, ushering in everything from titanium heel replacements to self-built bridges. Adidas has been exploring these possibilities when it comes to footwear for a little while, leading to the launch of its first 3D-printed trainer for the public, the 3D Runner.
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A number of footwear-makers have flirted with 3D printing technology, names like Nike, New Balance and Under Armor among them. And back in 2014, one startup called Sols launched a service that scanned customer feet and created 3D printed insoles. So Adidas finds itself in a bit of a footrace (sorry) to get the first personalized footwear service up and running (sorry again).
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“This is just the beginning,” noted Senior Director of adidas’s Future team, Mikal Peveto. “Creating customized shoes based on an individual’s footprint – including their running style, foot shape, performance needs and personal preferences – is a north star for the industry and adidas is leading with cutting edge innovations.”
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Carbon’s technology will allow Adidas to make small batches of shoes far more quickly. Small production runs were not economical before as the metal moulds for most soles need to be used 10,000 times to pay for themselves, and they take four to six weeks to cast and grind.
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“This is just the beginning,” says Mikal Peveto, senior director of adidas’ Future team. “Creating customized shoes based on an individual’s footprint – including their running style, foot shape, performance needs and personal preferences – is a north star for the industry and adidas is leading with cutting edge innovations.”
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Though the 3D Runner will be available to the public, it will be in a limited run, at least to begin. Priced at US$333, the shoes can be reserved via the Adidas Confirmed smartphone app from today and picked up at the new Adidas Flagship store in New York on December 15, the same day a limited number will also become available in London and Tokyo.
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For now, the cushioning is consistent for all runners, but the company hinted at the technology’s possibility to tailor underfoot feel to individuals. “This is just the beginning,” says Mikal Peveto, senior director of Adidas’ Future team, in the company’s press release. “Creating customized shoes based on an individual’s footprint—including their running style, foot shape, performance needs and personal preferences—is a north star for the industry and Adidas is leading with cutting edge innovations.”