Adidas 3D Printed Shoes: News, Pics, Tech

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I love my Adidas shoes because they are so comfortable. The first time I put them on, I knew that they were perfect for me. When I wear them, they make me feel like I can play with the best of them.

They are perfect for any outfit that I want to wear whether it be dressy or casual. With these shoes on, it’s like anything is possible.

No matter where I go, these shoes last forever and always look brand-new no matter how many times they get wet or dirty. Now, we’re getting some really interesting innovation- Adidas has finally released an update to its 3D printed shoes:

2021 Update: The 4DFWD

 

The Adidas 4DFWD is the next evolution in data-driven 3D printed midsole innovation. The adidas 4DFWD is a unique combination of years of athlete data and the unique technology 3D printing. It’s designed to give runners a new running experience.

In partnership with Carbon, they’ve been developing 4D lattice midsole technology for over four years. Carbon’s Digital Light SynthesisTM technology and athlete data are combined to create precision-tuned 3D printed midsoles. adidas 4D footwear is the first to utilize this cutting-edge technology. It allows athletes to enjoy precise performance and fine tuning midsoles to match specific movements.

According to Sam Handy, VP Design, adidas Running:

4D TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES US WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DESIGN IN A WAY THAT CONVENTIONAL FOAM MIDSOLES DO NOT ALLOW. WE TOOK INSPIRATION FROM THE FIRST GENERATION 4D LATTICE MIDSOLE AND SET OURSELVES THE CHALLENGE TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. CODING MILLIONS OF POTENTIAL LATTICE STRUCTURES TO SEE IF WE COULD SPECIFICALLY DESIGN TO COUNTER NEGATIVE MECHANICAL FORCES EXPERIENCED DURING RUNNING.

WORKING CLOSELY WITH CARBON, OUR PRODUCT TEAMS, AND TESTERS WE IDENTIFIED ONE PERFECT LATTICE MIDSOLE THAT IS DESIGNED TO COMPRESS FORWARDS UNDER LOADING AND COUNTER MECHANICAL FORCES WHILST DELIVERING A UNIQUE GLIDING SENSATION FOR OUR RUNNERS.

Quick History

“Adidas” is a German word meaning “the best.” Adidas was founded in 1948 by Adolf Dassler (1913-1978). The headquarters are located in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Adidas makes sports shoes and athletic uniforms, but also casual wear for children and adults. Adidas is the second most successful global sportswear manufacturer behind Nike.

Adidas is a very successful global company. The revenue of Adidas in 2009 was $15,926 million, and the net profit was $1,330 million. In 2010 the revenue increased to $17,694 million, and for this year, the net profit is expected to be around $1,014 million.

Adidas 3D Printed Shoes

The future is now; the future of 3d printing lies in creating products like Adidas has said that they are planning to create an entire shoe line made with 3d printers by 2021. That’s right, people, you will soon be able to walk into a store and have your very own pair of custom-fit shoes printed at home or maybe even pick up a pair on your way to work.

3D printing can be applied to almost every industry, which is proof of that; Adidas announced earlier last year the release of their first 3d printed shoe called the Futurecraft 4D. The sole was created with a ‘strategic partnership’ with tech firm Carbon Inc, an expert in producing key 3d products used in metal casting and molding.

Adidas 3D Printed Shoe Design

The shoe has an “upper,” which is 3d printed but a traditional foam sole underneath. The company said the design allows it to create more complex geometries and for users to customize their soles with different cushioning for specific activities – from running to basketball – something they claim is a first.

It didn’t stop there, though; Adidas revealed that it plans to use 3d printing to make its soles in multiple pieces, rather than the current single molds, thus allowing them to choose between rubber and foam for different parts of the sole depending on what best suits their needs. This multi-material approach could mean that they can vary the thicknesses or stiffness of particular areas.

Casting Metal Adidas Printers

Casting metal components in 3d printers is a kind of holy grail for advocates because, with it, you can create incredibly difficult geometries that would be impossible to produce without the help of a 3d printer. To do this, though, different powdered metals need to be mixed and printed as a single component.

How to Create 3D Adidas Metal Particles?

To do this, metal particles need to be bound together with an ‘infill’ – usually either carbon fiber or plastic – that serves as the foundation for each 3D-printed part. You can then heat it and remove the carbon fiber or plastic, leaving you with the final metal piece.

Adidas Rubber Production Development

They are also looking to develop rubber production by replacing the current vulcanization process with a laser treatment. The new 3d printed soles would be made entirely using this method, rather than layering multiple parts. Adidas says this kind of ‘digital manufacturing could lead to much more efficient production processes down the line.

First Adidas Running Shoe with 3D printed sole

The first running shoe with a 3D printed sole was unveiled in October 2016 and has since been used by athletes at Berlin’s Olympics Stadium, most notably sprinter Andre De Grasse. The new design is intended to produce multiple, customized parts that would replace traditional single-piece soles. Adidas said it would be trying to reduce waste in the future, with one example being to replace sole packaging with a tube that can be reused as a shipping carton

Adidas Ways to Efficiency and Effectiveness

As you probably guessed, all of this technology means that Adidas is looking at new ways of producing their products and increasing efficiency. The use of 3d printing has allowed them to reduce the number of steps needed for production from 20 to five and reduce factory time from a week to a day.

Adidas Total Increased Revenue in 2016

3D printing allows the company to create more customized soles for its customers and decrease production costs. In 2016, Adidas posted annual revenue of $ 20.55 billion – a four percent rise on the previous year – and ended with nearly 60,000 employees worldwide

How the New Technology Increased Efficiency in Adidas

The new technology also allows Adidas to make shoes much larger scale and more efficiently than before. The company first announced its plans to create soles for one million pairs of shoes with its first 3d printer back in 2014, but it has already produced 500,000 pairs of the Futurecraft 4D. This year, it wants to make another one million and then begin selling them.

Creating your shoe

The process starts with a precise scan of your foot, and then you can choose from various features for your shoe, such as material or whether you want extra comfort or more stability in your shoes when exercising. These factors are all stored within an app where you have to scan your feet and see what shoe is best for you.

Introducing the Adidas 3D Printed Futurecraft Shoe

Adidas is known for its high-quality sports products and has recently released what they call Futurecraft Shoes which are made using an innovative 3d printing process by the company Carbon. According to them, this shoe can be tailored to each individual’s needs and wants since its design is completely customizable via digital means.

I want to point out that this is not a replacement for traditional footwear production methods, just an alternative possibility when considering construction techniques within the industry. Technology has been around for a while, and it is finally getting to a point where people like us can make full use of it.

Conclusion

Adidas is my favorite brand because of the awesome shoes that they make. I also love the way that they are different from any other shoe company.

The style and colors of Adidas shoes are what attracted me to them at first, but after wearing them for a while, I fell in love with how comfortable they were.

There is no current news on when the shoe will be available for purchase, but a new app that allows customers to design their soles using an avatar was released by Adidas in May 2017. They are also planning on experimenting with 3d printing other products, including clothing. Advertisements

But, all these benefits come with a hefty price tag- or you’ll need a business-grade 3D printer to create something similar on your own.

Rush Chapman
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Hello, my name’s Rush Chapman. I’m a 3D printing enthusiast. I started this site to help people choose 3D printing projects and select the best 3D printer for your needs, whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro!