We have reported in several pervious articles some new garments products produced using the 3D printing technology, however they were some lab or small products garments. Last month Adidas has announced a new conceptual futurecraft 3D printed running shoes.
The idea of the new shoe is to be able to be tailored to the need of every individual. Each person will be able to have their running shoe to mach their own footprint and pressure points in another word the shoe will be especially made for them.
The 3D printed part in the shoe is only the mid sole, figure below, with the usual knitted structure on top and a grip on the bottom.
The shoe is still a concept and according to Adidas will be worked on more during the next 6 months. As there are a lot work to be done on the design of the 3D structure in order to give the required strength, flexibility and support.