adidas has released Futurecraft 4D, its latest take on 3D-printed shoes, which the brand plans to sell 5,000 pairs of by the end of the year.
The company has experimented in the past on different ways to manufacturer trainers, including using recycled ocean plastic and a single piece of leather, all under the Futurecraft name.
The Futurecraft 4D features a mid-sole that has been procuded using a method called Continuous Liquid Interface Production, a process created by the 3D printing startup Cabon. The method revolves around using ultraviolet light to solidify the shape of a design that’s come from liquid polymer resin.
The method is faster and allows adidas to look to make 3D-printed shoes that are personalisd to wearers’ foot shape and gait.
adidas’ head of technology Gerd Manz said” “This is a milestone, not only for us as a company, but also for the industry. We’ve cracked some of the boundaries.”