Anything you can do I can do better. That’s a motto that many people live by and certainly many companies live by. New Balance released a 3D printed shoe not too long ago and now Adidas is getting in on the action.
The aptly named Adidas Futurecraft 3D is a running shoe made partially with 3D-printed materials, just like its New Balance counterpart. Again, only the midsole is made from 3D-printed material, but hey, it’s a start. Adidas uses their patented Primeknit fabric in the design of the rest of the sneaker, which is also used in their flagship Ultra Boost.
The partnership with Materialise will eventually result in extremely high levels of customization that customers would only have dreamed of in past years. Athletic manufacturers are going wild over 3D printing and with Nike designing the first 3D-printed cleats its only a matter of time before others follow suit.
Engadget’s Edgar Alvarez was on site to get a sweet close up of the Adidas prototype.
I’m a big fan of Adidas, so I’m stoked to see them hop on board and am excited to see what the future holds for 3D printing and sports technology. With that being said, I started running in New Balance and those felt like running on a cloud, so I’ve gotta give them the edge when it comes to a running shoe. The Adidas Futurecraft, however, is designed to be an everyday kind of shoe, and that’s pretty rad.