26 Feb Cobbler Works On Fast 3D Printing Method
When your sneakers fall apart, you’ll notice various laters of foam, rubber, and other materials in the sole. The part of the shoe that looks simple from the outside is actually very intricate on the inside. This makes the sole the most expensive and time-consuming part of a sneaker to produce. The process has been the same, but thanks to 3D printing we will be able to change that. The Bangor startup Cobbler Technologies is going to use this method to experiment with prototypes and get to production more quickly. The President and CEO of the company thinks he has found a better trick to make 3D printing even faster and more flexible.
Cobbler’s technology can print several materials without having and operator to stop the printer, change the material and print the print head to handle it. The Cobbler Atomized Particle Deposition 3D printer will enable construction of multi-material products and mix the materials as they’re added. The company’s development stage atomized particle disposition, or 3DADP printer nozzle technology allows the printer to deposit customized layers in three dimensions. Those materials start out as about half the size of a pea, and are fed into the printer, where they are atomized so they blend together to create a multi-layered sole.
3D printing is definitely proving to be a fast and more efficient method to creating customizable soles. Cobbler is not the only company to realize this; we are seeing Adidas, New balance, 3DShoes.com, and other well known companies to join in on the 3D shoes industry. Cobbler’s focus is simplicity and automation. When the company’s printer is completed, it will measure about four feet wide and deep and be three feet high, weighing 400 pounds. The CEO says he is talking to partners to test and use the printer and hopes to have someone lined up in the next few months. His goal is to be able to print and entire shoe, and he wants to target many more markets than just athletes.
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