Shoe manufacturers often use a master to cast the soles of the shoe. Instead of creating a mold for each type of sole, the bigger shoe manufacturers nowadays 3D print the soles. Manually assigning a texture to each surface area takes a lot of time. In addition, you end up with huge STL file sizes that your computer can no longer handle.
Your feet are unique: your running shoes should be too. Materialise’s 3D Printing software and solutions are helping sporting goods giant adidas unveil the future of performance footwear with Futurecraft 3D: a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole, tailored to an individual’s foot.
World-record-holder Paula Radcliffe ran her first race in two years, in preparation for the London Marathon, thanks to RS Print’s 3D-printed dynamic custom insoles designed specifically for her anatomy and dynamic gait analysis.