New Balance Is The First That Will Sell a Sport Shoe with Elements Printed in 3D

We have to go at the end of last summer to begin to see that all the great sports panorama moved tab with 3D printing. Both Nike, like Adidas, passing by New Balance, they taught us that they were able to create sneakers with elements that had been generated by a 3D printer.

“For flashy ads to sell a product there is sometimes a long way, as New Balance has wanted to put the Medal with its”Zante Generate”. Quite limited this same will sell so week, 15 April: there will only be 44 pairs at a price of $400 each.

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Let’s be clear with what they offer, and it is that the shoe is not printed in full, as expected, but it is only the midsole that has been generated with this manufacturing technology. This sneaker employs common materials in a model of high performance of the American brand.

Obviously there is a lot of advertising in this announcement, the first get the fact of wanting to be with this as short-run, but there is one optimization in design the outsole there is greater freedom of design. The weight of the midsole is of 40 grams, Yet something more than the usual foam.

IT IS AN UPDATE OF THE FRESH FOAM ZANTE, IN FOAM MIDSOLE IS CHANGED BY A PRINTED WITH 3D METHODS

The system used to create the form of the midsole has been named as SLS -selective laser sintering-, the layers from powder elastomer – van forming DuraForm TPU – that is burning with the performance of a laser. The end result is a structure as characterized by its capabilities of absorption and flexibility, porous appearance.

See complete gallery» Zante Generate (8 photos)

In search of the perfect fit

It is still so we can print us in house shoes, not so much for New Balance and friends to raise the production of this type of sneakers. Along the way we will be finding so interesting projects such as self-assembly Lab at MIT, working in the shoes with the perfect last impression: