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When new fashion trends appear in footwear, the sports field first leads the trend, and 3D printing shoes is soon coming up without exception. In recent years, sports brands such as New Balance, Adidas, Nike, and Peak have launched 3D printed sports shoes. While attracting widespread attention, the technology itself is gradually cultivating in this field. Today, we will break down from the technology, materials and manufacturing of 3D printing used in shoemaking.

3D printing is destined to set off a reform upsurge in people’s daily life

1.Manufacturing Mold not required 

In traditional manufacturing, the shoe mold determines the final shape of the shoe, while 3D model needs no more traditional molds to achieve manufacturing; using 3D printing technology can create high-performance sports shoes more efficiently and quickly. 

2.Complex manufacturing.

One of the advantages of 3D printing is to create a complex structure of porous grids, which cannot be manufactured by traditional methods. This advantage of 3D printing is fully utilized in the field of shoemaking: using lighter materials and lightweight structural design, A storm is set off in sports shoe manufacturing.

3.Personalized manufacturing.

Based on the research of biomechanics and gait, people have a variety of individual needs for footwear, but at present, most of the new shoes are kind of like “shrink your feet to fit the shoes”. And by incorporating advanced technologies such as 3D scanning and image modelling, 3D printing if perfect for foot measurement, especially for high-end customization.

In addition to free design, 3D printing has many other advantages in footwear production:

Flexibility is tended to be more in the production process;

Customize personalized footwear according to customer preferences and scanned data. While focusing on comfort, 3D printed shoes also highlight unique personalized labels. The shape, material and color of shoes can be customized according to their own preferences.

Reduce design and development time and unnecessary inventory;

Of course, 3D printing has used to make shoes, and most of the soles are made.

Shoe models printed for the 2017 spring Adidas new product launch

3D printing is destined to set off a reform upsurge in the manufacturing industry. As we can see at present it may not bring subversion, but at least it is to help innovation!

Innovation is the driving force for the sustainable development of an industry and the foundation of an enterprise. Sports shoe giants Adidas and Nike have both applied 3D printing to production. At present, the three largest 3D printer manufacturers in the world-EOS of Germany, 3DSystems of the United States and Stratasys, a joint venture company of the United States and Israel, have appeared on the list of customers ordering new 3D printers: Reebok, New Balance, Puma, Fila, and World-renowned sports shoes brands such as Bao, Back-to-Back, Diadona, and Lotto.

According to market research institutions, the current global sports shoe market capacity will reach 84 billion U.S. dollars, and the awareness of “healthy and active lifestyle” is driving the global sports shoe market. Moreover, the younger generation has begun to express their preferences with the increase in disposable income, and the demand for comfortable and innovatively designed shoes with new technologies is on the rise. Morgan Stanley, an international financial services company, also believes in a related report that the 3D printed sports shoes market will be one of the most promising industries in the stationery and sports goods industry in the next decade. This means that world-renowned sports shoe brands with different market shares will set off a round of 3D printing for gold.

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