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AlphaEDGE 4D LTD 3D printed shoes now available from adidas

The collaboration between Carbon and adidas has blossomed once again, this time with the AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes featuring midsoles 3D printed using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology.

The AlphaEDGE shoes can now be reserved for $300 using the adidas App, before picking them up on 17 February at adidas’ Santa Monica and Culver City stores in California.

The new adidas AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes modelled. Photo via adidas.
The new adidas AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes modelled. Photo via adidas.

The latest venture from a fast-paced partnership

Carbon and adidas’ partnership first came to light with the Futurecraft 4D range in April 2017, combining Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) enabled DLS 3D printing, a Speedcell system and a Smart Part Washer into the process.

This technology allowed the development of intricate lattice midsoles that took into account the movement, cushioning, stability, and comfort needs of the wearer.

An initial batch of 300 pairs of Futurecraft 4D running shoes was initially made available for $300. A further 5,000 pairs were released later in the year, by which time 2nd hand prices started exceeding $20,000.

Off the back of this successful initial venture, Carbon has added Eric Liedtke, an Executive Board Member of adidas AG, to its own board of directors.

The new adidas AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes heel diagram. Photo via adidas.
The new adidas AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes heel diagram. Photo via adidas.

Running with the DLS AlphaEDGE 4D

AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes are available in core black, grey, aero and ash green. They feature a midsole made of UV-curable resin and polyurethane mixture, arranged in complex lattice structures.

According to adidas, the midsoles of the AlphaEDGE shoes are specifically tuned to provide superior, controlled energy return.

With fast production speeds and demand vastly outpacing supply, Carbon and adidas are building up momentum for a future manufacturing process, whereby adidas footwear is bespoke-produced, according to the individual needs of each athlete’s foot.

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Featured image shows the new adidas AlphaEDGE 4D LTD running shoes. Photo via adidas

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