17 Apr '18, 10am

Nike hacked a 3D printer to make its new shoe for elite marathon runners

When we talk about sneaker technology, the focus typically lands on the soles of the shoes. It’s where sneaker companies go to great lengths to protect the delicate bones in your feet and propel you along with bouncy materials. It’s also where they tend to use 3D printing tech. The Adidas FutureCraft uses a 3D printed sole, and the Under Armour Futurist has a midsole made of 3D printed lattice. Nike’s new Flyprint sneaker, however, puts the focus on the upper, for which it's using a 3D printer to build an intricate web that replaces typical textiles. Nike is debuting the new Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint sneaker on the feet of marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge. who was the key athlete in last year’s attempt to run a full marathon in less than two hours. He clocked in at 2:00:25, down from his previous best of 2:03:05. The sneaker Kipchoge wore for that attempt was the ...

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