Nike has prepared their 3D printed shoe, Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint 3D for a wider release. The Flyprint 3D is an updated version of Nike’s famous 3D printed Zoom Vaporfly 4%. It was designed with help from Eluid Kipchoge, the winner of the Berlin marathon in 2018. This footwear company has worked towards perfecting the Vaporfly 4% since last year. By working again with Kipchoge they were able to create an updated version of the Zoom Vaporfly shoe. The name of the shoe gets the “4%” in its name because research found that wearing the Vaporfly can help runners gain 4% on their lead time.
The success of the 3D printed shoe inspired Nike’s footwear design team to meet up with Eliud Kipchoge. The Vaporfly Elite Flyprint 3D shoe is 11 grams lighter than the Vaporfly 4% was. The main focus was to make the running shoe function in wet conditions. The running shoe features a 3D printed upper, which prevents moisture from getting inside the shoe. We have noticed the fashion industry is continuing to provide customized solutions by using 3D printing for mass production. Many shoe companies are looking towards 3D printed footwear. I anticipate we will continue to see this, because of the many customization options, and the money it could save.