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Nike introduced 3D Printed footwear for NFL

Debamoy Ghosh

Nike’s 3D printed footwear surges through the popularity among the crazy US youths. Founded in 1964, Oregon based Nike, Inc. has made an impression among its users across the world with the products. As most of us already know the company’s intension to create a global product in the likes of 3D printed shoes, the brand new Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite Cleat has already been introduced in this year’s Super Bowl.

Nike introduced 3D Printed footwear for NFL

The formation of this elite cleat took almost two decades of research and insight to bring out the best performance. The game of football is mixed with speed, power and acceleration -- Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite Cleat considered to be best fit in the game. This cleat featured a 3D printed nylon based plate that Nike called the V-Plate.

But this seems to be a beginning only. The company is using 3D printing in a big way to bring a revolution in the shoe designing and prototyping, particularly cleat. There are some more to come. The new Nike Vapor Laser Talon concept cleat, which has been made, uses 3D printing technology.

Nike, Inc. appears to be extremely serious in promoting this footwear made of using 3D printing techniques. The signal indicates that the majority of the shoes would be 3D printed in days to come.

The advancement of technology will speed up the printing process and make it more accurate by the time. It will be an economically viable path to reach, especially if they are able to lock up key patents within the industry, like they have begun doing.

Nike introduced 3D Printed footwear for NFL

The brains behind Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite Cleat are director of innovation Shane Kohatsu and designer Ken Link commend their product, but the endorsement came from Olympic legend sprinter Michel Johnson. Johnson, owner of MJP training centre, a Nike athlete lauded the 3D printed product. He was joined by Lance Walker, director of performance, MJP training centre and NFL start athlete Marqise Goodwin.

The method that have used here is designing a three-dimensional pattern for printing, positioning at least a portion of the article on a tray in a three-dimensional printing system, the portion being positioned substantially flat on the tray, printing a three-dimensional material directly onto the article using the designed pattern, curing the printed material, and removing the article from the three-dimensional printing system.

There are many more exciting apparel products to come in future on behalf of the company.

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