Adidas and Carbon Launch First Tailored 3D-Printed Sneakers

Adidas has teamed up with 3D printing startup Carbon to mass produce its latest sneaker, the Futurecraft 4D. While 3D printers are generally not designed for manufacturing scale and lack the production-grade elastomers needed for a demanding athletic footwear application, Carbon’s rapid product development process enables adidas to iterate over 50 different lattices for the midsole before landing on the current design.

This partnership exemplifies how new technologies and materials are paving the way for custom, high-performance products that meet the unique needs of each customer.