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Adidas Adds Y-3 Runner 4D II to 3D Printed Shoe Line

3D Printing Media Network reports upon a fascinating new announcement made by the shoe manufacturing giant Adidas.  Apparently, the company is adding a brand new shoe to their 3D printed shoe line.

This line of shoes sport 3D printed midsoles.  The “Y-3 Runner 4D was designed in collaboration with influential Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto.  Yohji’s experimental sneakers have become a go-to for haute couture hobbyists and his unique approach to footwear design has shaped the modern sneaker landscape.  In line with his constant need for innovation, the latest model in the Y-3 series presents for the first time a new bone-white midsole (unlike all previous greenish versions), which is crafted with the latest evolution of Adidas 4D technology, provided by Carbon.”

Carbon, which is based in Redwood City, California, uses their proprietary Digital Light Synthesis 3D printing technology.  “Inspired by the ALPHAEDGE 4D midsole, the Y-3 Runner 4D evolves the breakthrough properties of Adidas 4D and features a wider footbed and a thicker, higher midsole for greater multi-directional stability; higher energy return in specific areas for more powerful bursts of movement.  In addition, a new Continental rubber outsole provides improved grip.”

Indeed, Adidas hopes “this evolution is set to cement the futuristic Y-3 Runner 4D II as the vanguard of contemporary sneaker design.  In a clever design feat, both layers are connected by a lightweight, ultra-strength cording made of high tensile. A synthesis of form and function, this distinct cording defines the new aesthetic language of the Y-3 Runner 4D II and simultaneously provides the shoe’s lacing system. This yields a confident new expression of the Adidas 4D vision.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Adidas and 3D Printing Media Network

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