HP has gone beyond electronics to produce 3D-printed footwear

Thought that 3D Printing was all about manufacturing and technology?

HP has gone beyond electronics to produce 3D-printed footwear! The shoes are the latest example of 3D printing applied to custom midsole and insole production: they are the first functional running shoes with 3D printed parts from MJF. The shoe weight under 200grams, featuring lightweight uppers (similar to adidas’ Futurecraft), ensuring excellent energy return and cushioning.

HP’s footwear 3D printing approach is also very much based on TPU materials for its MJF technology. BASF developed specific TPU materials that are ideal in particular for midsole production using PBF processes. BASF’s Ultrasint TPU01 is a multi-purpose thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) powder explicitly designed for HP’s 5200 series Multi Jet Fusion printers. The material ensures strong, flexible, and durable part performance for typical applications that include footwear.

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