3D printing is breaking down all kinds of barriers when it comes to made-to-fit products, ushering in everything from titanium heel replacements to self-built bridges. Adidas has been exploring these possibilities when it comes to footwear for a little while, leading to the launch of its first 3D-printed trainer for the public, the 3D Runner.
A little over a year ago, Adidas unveiled a concept for a 3D-printed running shoe called the Futurecraft 3D. The shoes were early, tentative steps towards a future where Adidas customers can turn up to a store, have a jog on the treadmill and then leave in a pair of customized, 3D-printed running shoes.
Such a service is still a ways off, but the 3D Runner does mark more progress towards this goal. The shoe won’t be customized for the customer’s foot, but does feature 3D printing technology throughout, for what Adidas claims to be a better performing set of wheels.