3D printed shoes from major brands are around the corner

Adidas Concept 3D Prints a Custom Shoe
Adidas Concept 3D Prints a Custom Shoe

Imagine if one day, when you need a new pair of shoes, you could simply download a file from your favorite brand and let a 3D printer build the item for you. That day is not too far, according to Nike COO Eric Sprunk. At a recent GeekWire Summit, the man discussed the chance to 3D print the company's products and he did not dismiss it as part of a science-fiction scenario.

"Do I envision a future where we might still own the file from an IP perspective — you can't just have anyone making a Nike product — and have it manufactured in your own home or we do it for you at our store? Yeah, that's not that far away."

At the same time, German sports brand Adidas has unveiled a 3D printed shoe sole that they plan to create according to the customer's scan of his or her feet to ensure perfect fit and comfort without any compromise when it comes to the quality of the materials.

Companies are increasingly evolving the technology involved in shoemaking by using new materials and techniques such as the latest Nike Flyknit, but 3D printing could revolutionize the current production and distribution model upon which most brands function and disrupt the market.

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