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The growth in computing power has had a major impact on modelling with computer-aided manufacture. Rapid software and hardware developments allow new opportunities and exciting new technologies to create dynamic modelling of ever-greater complexity.

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This article from FastCo is an interesting example of SLS being used to produce bespoke shoes.  Producing a unique honey comb sole that is excellent for impact and shock resistance.  Also noted is how SLS is being developed to produce final products rather than just rapid prototyping modelling.

 

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“It’d be easy to make a 3-D-printed product for a lifestyle shoe, but it’s hard to make a 3-D-printed product for performance,” says Liedtke. “We started with a running silhouette, because what we like is that it really reduces weight compared to a traditional midsole.”

 

And as future as that already sounds, the mass-market potential of Futurecraft 3D is much more interesting. Liedtke and Gaudio envision a future where shoes can be customized around the particular shape and dimensions of a person’s foot, which they believe will not only result in better comfort and support for the foot, but will also yield performance gains for runners. It’s not just about customizing for big-time competitive athletes in a multimillion-dollar lab. Futurecraft someday expects to have customers come into an Adidas store, run on a treadmill for a little bit, then take the data and begin printing a custom midsole.

 

Read more @ FastCo