3DPrinting Industry writes of the recent launch of the Adidas AlphaEDGE 4D LTD 3D printed running shoe. This shoe, which marks yet another collaboration between Carbon and Adidas, features 3D printed midsoles using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology.
The AlphaEDGE shoe launched on February 17th for $300. “Carbon and Adidas’ partnership first came to light with the Futurecraft 4D range in April 2017, combining Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) enabled DLS 3D printing, a Speedcell system, and a Smart Part Washer into the process.”
This allowed for “the development of intricate lattice midsoles, which took into account the movement, cushioning, stability, and comfort needs of the wearer.” Following an initial batch of 300 pairs of Futurecraft 4D running shows, a further 5,000 pairs were released. These 3D printed shoes were a success.
Now, the Alpha 4D LTD running shoe is available, featuring “a midsole made of UV-curable resin and polyurethane mixture, arranged in complex lattice structures. [These midsoles] are specifically tuned to provide superior, controlled energy return.” The shoes are “available in core black, grey, aero, and ash green.”
“Carbon and Adidas, [with the help of fast production speeds and demand vastly outpacing supply], are building up momentum for a future manufacturing process, whereby Adidas footwear is bespoke-produced, according to the individual needs of each athlete’s foot.”
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