While 3DShoes.com is primarily about sharing information that supports our field, when we see a fantastic new technology being implemented into footwear it reminds us of why we love this industry so much. The adidas Futurecraft 4D utilizes additive manufacturing, so a discussion about that is obvious, but what happens when adidas decides to shift their focus to enhancing performance via "natural" design?
Forgefiber Technology from adidas allows the brand to utilize TPU coating on their knit uppers which is unique itself. What is more unique is the pattern and shape that is being utilized to make the upper stronger with as little material usage as possible. Forgefiber Technology is analyzing various shapes and patterns found in nature that make the simplest things strong. Consider how a leaf can stay attached to a tree in 100 mph winds, or a spiderweb can survive a downpour of rain and you get the strategy behind Forgefiber.
In our minds at 3DShoes.com we can see the benefit of 3D being utilized in this Forgefiber Technology and imagine a completely different application process of bonding the upper utilizing an SLA pattern to design the shoe with these "found in nature" design structures by fusing the knit with 3D resin as opposed to TPU. It's a concept adidas should consider contacting us about. We'd be glad to help. Here is a video on the new technology and how it is being applied to the new adidas Alphabounce trainer.