Adidas teamed up with Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D-printing company to produce a faster print than other 3D printers. Carbon’s process called Digital Light Synthesis, is continuous starting from the bottom whereas older 3D printers, print object, layer by layer from the top down. Carbon’s machines use liquid resin material so the digital light below the printing surface turns the liquid resin into a solid object. Spefications appropriate to the wearer can be customised into Carbon’s 3D printing process which changes the geometry of the lattice to make different areas firmer or softer. After the midsole is printed it’s attached to the top of the shoe, which is made from fabric using traditional manufacturing methods.
Considered to up to 10 times faster the new version is better suited for mass production. Adidas plans on selling 5,000 pairs of limited edition shoes in 2017, with more to follow by the end of 2018.