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Nike’s 3D Printed Sprinting Shoe the Zoom Superfly Flyknit Will be Worn at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

by • April 26, 2016 • No Comments

Allyson Felix at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

Allyson Felix at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

Athletes who perform in the 200- and the 400-meter sprints frequently win by margins of milliseconds, so they are naturally going to appear for any advantage that they can find to shave a few of them off of their running times. A new trend is ultra-lightmass running shoes with spikes on the sole of the shoe. The spikes dig into the ground, enabling the runner to hustle off slightly faster and have additional control, while the reduced mass of the upper shoe offers drag-free movement. But a real test for runners is their capacity to navigate the track’s curve, that is where many of these events are won and lost. Gold-medal-winning American sprinter Allyson Felix is hoping that a collaboration with Nike has generated the ideal set of running shoes to assist her repeat her good outcomes in 2012.

3dp_zoom_superfly_sideThe unprecedented collaboration brought together all of Nike’s create and engineering experience, combined it with Felix’ specific insight and needs to create a new shoe, specifically the running spikes at the bottom, that can assist propel her to another victory. The Nike Zoom Superfly Flyknit is the outcome of exhaustive scientific analysis of Nike’s Sports Research Lab, computational create of their createers and pixel-level stitch placement of Nike Flyknit engineers. With the Nike team working closely with Felix and her team of coaches and trainers, the cutting-edge running shoe was fit with a spike plate that was exactly made to Felix’s specifications and biomechanics.

“One of the things that I love of the system is that I’m not an tremendous in this, but I have all this science behind me. This is what [Nike] does and this is what they’re passionate of. I can have confidence that they’re going to donate me the most equipment,” Felix said.

Nike’s 3D Printed Sprinting Shoe the Zoom Superfly Flyknit.

Nike’s 3D Printed Sprinting Shoe the Zoom Superfly Flyknit.

Nike’s Flyknit advancement is an high end form of shoe construction that eliminates any non-essential showcases and reduces a typical sprinting shoe down to less than half the mass of an average running shoe. When combined with the spike plate on the bottom of the shoe, it can improve a runner’s time by several crucial seconds. The Zoom Superfly made for Felix included the Flyknit construction, but in addition had a specially createed spike plate that was made to align with Felix’s popular stiffness, flexibility and pop thanks to 3D printed rapid prototyping. The 3D createed spike plate is the initially to extend to three-quarter height, that supports additional of the foot, offering advantageous traction and increased speed while turning corners.

The 3D printed spike plate.

The 3D printed spike plate.

The create system started in May 2014 at the initially test-fitting, and since and so Felix has met with the Nike team additional than a dozen times. In total thirty various iterations of the spike plate were 3D printed via a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) system, and the Flyknit team tweaked over seventy alternate upper creates preceding they had discovered a create that was optimized for on Felix. The final fitting for Felix’s dimensions 9.5, AA-width sprinting shoe took place newly in Los Angeles, and in Felix’s own words, the outcome “feels like an extension of your foot.”

“Our role in the Innovation Kitchen is to invent the next of performance advancement for athletes. We do that with a undertaking to manufacture athletes advantageous. In this work with Allyson, the product that has been made is manufacturing her measurably advantageous. We’re seeing faster times in practice, additional efficiency through and exiting the curb as well as unprecedented feedback of Allyson. We cannot wait to see how she performs in the spike throughout the coming months,” explained the VP of Footwear Innovation at Nike, Tony Bignell.

Sadly, if you are excited of having a pair of custom-createed running shoes like the Zoom Superfly, I’m sorry to report that this is only a one off createed for Allyson Felix. That being said, Nike didn’t do this only for fun, they were studying ways to manufacture their running shoes advantageous, and it is additional than most likely that what they learned of working with Felix is going to end up in a next pair of shoes that you can be able-bodied to purchase. Nike has been saying that the next of sports shoes are 3D printed soles and components, so it most likely is not going to be quite long preceding 3D printed spikes become commercially on the market-bodied. Until and so, we will only have to sit back and watch Felix run herself to another gold medal this summer. Discuss in the 3D Printed Shoe Spikes forum over at 3DPB.com.3dp_zoom_superfly_bottom_heel