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Data-Driven Printed Sneakers

The Stella McCartney x adidas AlphaEdge 4D Sneaker is 3D-Printed

— April 3, 2019 — Eco
The Stella McCartney x adidas AlphaEdge 4D shoe is a new addition to the Futurecraft 4D series which collects running data from athletes to determine the specific parts of the midsole that need the most cushioning and support. The innovative footwear design is created with 3D printing, specifically, through Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) enabled DLS technology using UV-curable resin and polyurethane. This unique combination of machinery and materials enables the sneakers to have a distinctive lattice structure that actually provides functional benefits for runners.

While previous versions of the AlphaEdge 4D have been released, this iteration offers a take on the design in the form of a limited-edition release that will appeal to fans of running, fashion and sustainable style.
Trend Themes
1. Data-driven Footwear - Opportunities include developing customized shoe designs using data collection and analysis technologies.
2. 3d-printed Fashion - Fashion industry players can explore the potential for 3D printing and technologies like Carbon's CLIP to create innovative products.
3. Sustainable Sportswear - The intersection of sustainability and athletic apparel offers opportunities for brands to create eco-friendly yet high-performance products that appeal to consumers.
Industry Implications
1. Sportswear - Sportswear brands can leverage data and 3D printing technologies to create customized, high-performance products.
2. Fashion - The fashion industry can explore the potential of 3D printing and sustainable design to create innovative and eco-friendly products.
3. Athletic Apparel - Athletic apparel brands can benefit from incorporating sustainable materials and production methods into their products, appealing to environmentally conscious consumers.
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