Adidas kills off ‘traditional’ product prototyping process with Carbon 3D printing technology

Published 07 April 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, carbon, adidas

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D features a 3D printed midsole, that will go into mass production later this year

Adidas’ latest Futurecraft initiative has seen it partner with Carbon to produce a 3D printed midsole that is a marked improvement on the brand’s own endeavour just 18 months ago, and which looks to revolutionise its future product development process.

Using Carbon’s CLIP technology, where speed of build allows for an intriguing range of production-grade materials to be printed, the elastomer used for the latest Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoe negates the need to move to injection moulding for final product - allowing the full shape and form benefits of 3D printing to come to the fore.

The development process enabled Adidas to iterate over 50 different lattices for the midsole before landing on the current design - with each iteration produced using the same process and material as the ultimate product.

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