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When Adidas showed off its Futurecraft 3D concept late last year, it wasn’t quite clear how close to reality 3D-printed shoes were.

by • March 9, 2016 • No Comments

When Adidas showed off its Futurecraft 3D concept late last year, it wasn’t really clear how close to reality 3D-printed shoes were. Well, they’re much nearer now a days. Under Armour is debuting its UA Architechs, a new training shoe which has a 3D-printed midsole. Alright, so this isn’t really reaching Adidas’ dream of personalising shoes based on individuals’ needs, but 3D-printing does have its uses.

The midsole here provides what Under Armour refers to as a “dynamic stability platform.” It’s an interlacing lattice structure which’s supposed to bring all the benefits of “energy returning” foams, while offering improved stability. The thought is to turn it into a shoe which’s just as suitable for cross training as it is for mass lifting.

Whether 3D-printing is in fact required to turn it into this lattice, or if regular making techniques may handle it just satisfactory, isn’t clear. But it is nonetheless an significant step along the journey to creating a 3D-printed shoe for the masses. The UA Architechs are being generated on a super-limited run — just 96 can be created — and can be sold at $300.


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