Adidas Unveils Futurecraft 4D Shoe Made From Continuous Liquid Interface Production

Adidas has unveiled its Futurecraft 4D shoe and announced it plans to sell 5,000 pairs of by this model by the end of this year. The Futurecraft 4D features a mid-sole that has been produced using a method known as Continuous Liquid Interface Production, a process that was created by the 3D printing startup Carbon. The method revolves around using ultraviolet light to solidify the shape of a design that’s come from liquid polymer resin. Continuous Liquid Interface Production is not only a faster method of production that additive printing, but it also allows Adidas to pursue it goal of making 3D-printed shoes that are personalized for wearers’ foot shape and gait. The technology is still new and a ways off from being used for mass production, but as Adidas’ head of technology Gerd Manz notes, “This is a milestone, not only for us as a company, but also for the industry. We’ve cracked some of the boundaries.” Source: Inside 3D Printing News