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Adidas Launches Printed Shoes

Adidas has been promoting its 3D printed Futurecraft shoes for awhile (a prototype was unveiled last spring). Now, the company has finally launched the Futurecraft 4D sneakers, which feature midsoles printed using Carbon’s CLIP technology.

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D launched in January. Image: Adidas

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D launched in January. Image: Adidas

The limited release shows went on sale in New York in January (through retailers KITH, Packer and SNS), and cost $300.

The two companies have also expanded their partnership beyond Futurecraft. The shoemaker’s investment division was involved in a recent $200 million Series D funding round for Carbon, and Adidas board member Eric Liedtke has since joined Carbon’s board of directors.

The midsole is printed using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology and includes 20,000 struts that can be individually tuned to address different types of running needs.

The AlphaEDGE 4D also includes a 3D-printed midsole. Image: Adidas

The AlphaEDGE 4D also includes a 3D-printed midsole. Image: Adidas

“Futurecraft 4D demonstrates the potential of Digital Light Synthesis in unlocking a new era in sport performance design,” said Ben Herath, vice president of design for Adidas Running. “One driven by athlete data and incomparable precision to provide the best for the athletes, enabling them to make a difference in their run. This innovation changes how we design and free ourselves from limitations of the past. The possibilities of what we can now create with this technology to push the boundaries of performance is truly endless”

Barely a month after the release of the Futurecraft shoe, the two companies announced they would also release the AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoe, featuring a similar printed midsole. That shoe is set to launch in Los Angeles on Feb. 17.  Reservations to buy the shoes can be made via the Adidas App.

Carbon’s printing technology uses digital light projection and programmable liquid resins to create objects. This can produce more consistent mechanical properties and

Source: Adidas

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