3D Shoes In The Olympics
Posted on Friday, May 27 2016 08:41:00 AM in News by Charlie White
If you are participating in the Olympics, then the high quality equipment is definitely what you want to have. Runners will look for any advantage they can get to improve their running time. Ultra lightweight shoes with spikes are becoming very popular with professionals. Spikes help runners push off faster and have more control when they run, but the curve of the track can make a difference in the final outcome. Allyson Felix, gold-medal American sprinter, is looking towards Nike for the perfect pair of running shoes to help her repeat her past successes. Their collaboration brings Nike’s design and engineering and combines it with Felix’s needs to produce a new running shoe.
The Nike Zoom Superfly Flyknit will be able to help bring her closer to victory. By working with Felix’s team of coaches and trainers, the cutting-edge shoe will be fit with a spike plate precisely made to her specifications and biomechanics. The shoe’s technology is an advanced form of shoe construction that reduces a typical sprinting shoe down to less than half the weight of an average one. When fully assembled with the spike plate the shoe will improve the runner’s time by several seconds. The Zoom Superfly developed for Felix included the Flyknit, but her shoe also has a specifically designed spike plate that aligns with Felix’s preferred stiffness, flexibility, and pop. The 3D printed design supports more of the foot offering better traction and increased speed around corners.
The process started in May of 2014, and since then Felix has met with Nike more than a dozen times. 30 different iterations of the spike plate were 3D printed using Selective Laser Sintering. Perfection is what Nike, 3DShoes, and other companies will be aiming for. The final fitting for Felix’s size 9.5, AA width sprinting shoe took place in Las Angeles. Unfortunately, if you’re looking forward to having your own custom running shoes, it won’t be happening anytime soon. This one was designed for Allyson Felix for her benefit and to help Nike find ways to make their running shoes better. Nike believes the future of sports shoes is 3D printed soles and components.
Original Article: https://3dprint.com/131549/nike-zoom-superfly-flyknit/