Adidas’ 4DFWD shoes use 3D printed toys to push you forward
Adidas has released a file for 4DFWD, the most recent type from high tech speed distribution, developed in collaboration with 3D printing company Air. The shoes feature a 3D-printed midsole with a special “4D” bowtie-lattice design that turns the athlete’s straightforward power forward. At the same time, it lowers the brakes while increasing the slope by 23 percent to make it smoother, longer.
The company developed a 3D format that was printed from five million devices capable of improving electrical power. This allows the shoe to make “more than three times more flexible in the test drive,” it wrote. Adidas said it had trained for 17 years in athletics, while doing lab and international tests with athletes in the US to improve performance.
Combined with state-of-the-art technology, 4DFWD uses Primeknit on a surface made from lightweight polyester which also contributes to its smoothness. Midsoles are made from 39% bio-based 3D materials. It follows previous models such as the 4D Futurecraft, which is made possible by Adidas and Carbon technology that allows them to make 3D printed shoes on a large scale.
The shoes will launch May 15 on an Adidas platform in Core Black / Solar Red for $ 170 GBP ($ 236), according to Hypebeast. “Tokyo Collection” will follow on July 1, and will be available worldwide on August 12th.
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