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.
“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