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Formlabs is 3D printing parts of New Balance’s new sneakers

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Tennis Shoes have been a quite efficient methods for helping 3D printing make the shift from prototype to production. Carbon in specific has found success with its Adidas partnership, printing out Futurecraft 4D shoes in limited quantities and scaling up significantly in the last couple of years.

Announced back in 2017, the New Balance x Formlabs collab has simply yielded two brand-new sneaker designs at considerably less than those Adidas. The shoes do not really deliver the long assured extreme modification promoted by 3D printing advocates, but they do bring a few of the technology’s distinct homes to a set of (reasonably) mass market sneakers.

Image of New Balance team with Formlabs 3D printers

The heart of the partnership is TripleCell, which has the ability to make a partially (10 percent) lighter heel than standard injection molding, along with some solid cushioning assistance. The heel is printed in lattice structures using Formlabs’ exclusive Rebound Resin, which the company says is ever bit as durable as more standard thermoplastic.

Here’s Formlabs CPO David Lakatos on the technology,

3D printing is changing how companies approach manufacturing, with this announcement New Balance is pioneering localized manufacturing. By eliminating the dependence on molds and direct printing for both prototyping and production, their group shifts from months to hours in the development and production cycles. We’re moving towards a world where style cycles are surrounding the impulse of the consumer and it’s amazing to be on the frontlines of this with New Balance

The 990 Sport are available today through New Balance’s site at $185 The Fuel Cell Echo, which uses TripleCell In the forefoot of the tennis shoe, gets here in September for $175 The 990 are made in the U.S. and the Echos are put together here.

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