Adidas adds sole to 3-D printing | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 16 | p. 13 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 17, 2017

Adidas adds sole to 3-D printing

Department: Business
Keywords: 3-D printing, shoes, photopolymers, Desimone
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Adidas is making athletic shoe soles with 3-D printing methods.
Credit: Carbon
A photo of an Adidas shoe sole made with 3-D printing.
 
Adidas is making athletic shoe soles with 3-D printing methods.
Credit: Carbon

Adidas has unveiled Futurecraft 4D, the first shoe made using Carbon’s additive manufacturing technology. Founded by Joseph Desimone, a chemistry professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Carbon developed a three-dimensional printing method that makes parts from photosensitive polymers using ultraviolet light and oxygen. Adidas hopes to have 5,000 pairs of shoes with 3-D printed midsoles available at retailers this fall.

 
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