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Adidas launches new ALPHAEDGE 4D FW18 3D printed sneaker

The new model with the Carbon 3D printed midsole is now available starting at $300

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Adidas launched the new ALPHAEDGE 4D, its unique sneaker engineered with the ADIDAS 4D midsole, for controlled energy return and breathable cushioning during intensive training runs. The popular German sports brand has been working with AM industry “unicorn” startup Carbon on mass production of generatively designed midsoles for its FUTURECRAFT brand.

“ADIDAS 4D is our most ambitious midsole to date,” said Klaus Rolshoven, Director of Future Design, at adidas. “What started out as a conceptual FUTURECRAFT innovation, has not only allowed us to completely re-think our manufacturing processes but to create a data-driven experience that breaks new ground in performance capability and comfort.”


The new ALPHAEDGE 4D FW18 model features a sport-inspired geometric lattice structure, that provides stability, support and pin-point energy return, precisely where needed during the most challenging training run or workout. The ADIDAS 4D midsole is printed with light and oxygen, using Digital Light Synthesis (DSL), a technology pioneered by Carbon (partnership first announced in April 2017). The intricate lattice structure that can be produced only using additive manufacturing generates responsive cushioning, which absorbs pressure from any angle and returns energy, propelling the foot forward and supporting movement where needed.

Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis is a breakthrough technology that uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics and programmable liquid resins to print high-performance, durable polymeric products. The technology uses data to translate the needs of a performance category, and eventually, individual athlete or consumer, with the required movement, cushioning and stability directly into a midsole.


A super-lightweight upper that encases your foot in a seamless sock-like fit – providing the support and comfort needed during sharp lateral movements and tight turns. Each thread is individually constructed millimeter by millimeter with FORGEFIBER – a process using TPU-coated yarn, that maximizes performance when stitched at various angles and layers for ultimate strength in motion.

The Continental rubber outsole draws on 140 years of Continental tire technology and research – with engineered traction zones to support deeper cuts and faster acceleration, regardless of surface terrain or weather. ALPHAEDGE 4D FW18 launched globally across, the adidas app and select retailers starting on, going for $300.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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