adidas has taken the wraps off the Futurecraft 4D, the world's first high performance silhouette built with a midsole crafted with light and oxygen. The process, called Digital Light Synthesis, was pioneered by Carbon, a Silicon Valley tech company. The technology represents the latest development in adidas Futurecraft, which kicked off in late 2015 with the Futurecraft 3D. The brand's journey to define the future of craftsmanship continued with Futurecraft Leather and Futurecraft Tailored Fibre. Futurecraft 4D eliminates the necessity of traditional prototyping or molding, officially departing from 3D printing and bringing additive manufacturing to the sport industry.
The breakthrough process of Digital Light Synthesis uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to generate high-performance, durable polymeric products. The technology allows adidas to precisely address the needs of an individual athlete in terms of movement, cushioning, stability, and comfort, with one single component. The resulting programmable resin platform offers unparalleled performance when it comes to to material durability and elastomeric responsiveness.
300 pairs of Futurecraft 4D will be distributed to friends and family in April 2017, followed by more than 5,000 pairs for retail in Fall/Winter 2017. Digital Light Synthesis will become an integral part of Speedfactory, providing consumers with bespoke performance products that are tailored to their individual physiological data.
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