The idea that we can 3D print replacement parts for machines, bones, instruments, and more would mean that the idea of 3D printed shoes shouldn’t be too surprising. We have seen sports companies such as Adidas launch 3D printed shoes, and now it looks like New Balance wants in on the 3D printed fun as well.
The company has recently unveiled their first ever 3D printed shoe thanks to a collaboration with 3D Systems. The shoe is made from the company’s DuraForm Flex TPU, with New Balance boasting that through 3D printing, they have managed to achieve an “optimal balance of flexibility, strength, weight and durability.”
According to Sean Murphy New Balance Senior Manager of Innovation and Engineering, “To deliver this level of performance with a 3D printed component, we paired experts in running and biomechanics with leaders in plastics engineering, material development and generative design. These are the types of collaborations that will drive footwear design and manufacturing in the future.”
New Balance is expected to show off their 3D printed shoe at CES 2016 in January, but they will only be going on sale come April in Boston, followed by other New Balance stores around the world. However they will be limited in nature so if you’re a sneakerhead, you might want to keep an eye out for it. No word on pricing just yet.