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Brooks Running newest shoes are made with Additive Molding

New model due out in Spring 2024 features a carbon plate produced by ARRIS

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ARRIS, the company that developed additive molding technology to integrate fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites into mass-market products, collaborated with Brooks Running to integrate an innovative carbon plate into a new running shoe model. The collaboration is being highlighted during this year’s The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, TX (November 28 to 30).

The partnership developed through a shared vision of achieving new heights in speed, comfort, fit, and aesthetics for next-generation running shoes, specifically focused on creating advanced carbon plates pairing ARRIS’ manufacturing methods, composite materials, and design software with Brooks’ expertise in biomechanics and performance.

Brooks Running new shoes are made with Additive Molding with model due out in Spring 2024 featuring a carbon plate produced by ARRIS Lee Sackett, Footwear Product Line Manager at Brooks commented: “With ARRIS as a partner, we’re able to build a plate that mirrors our commitment to biomechanical expertise and engineering. We work together with ARRIS to simulate, test, and optimize this plate to innovate the entire shoe’s propulsion system. ARRIS’ manufacturing and simulation technology helps us take years’ worth of prototyping and lets us execute innovative designs in months, with geometries we were unable to use in the past – a massive step forward for footwear innovation.”

The prototype running shoe was tested by athletes, including competitive races such as the Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon in 2022, as well as the Boston Marathon in 2023.

Sackett continued: “Zach Panning got our shoe 72 hours before the race. He tested it on a 10k run and decided to run the marathon in it. He ran a 2:09:28, and cut five minutes off his PR.”

Scheduled for broader availability in Spring 2024, Brooks Running will be the first footwear brand to market with a carbon plate made via Additive Molding available to consumers.

This is not the first time Brooks Running has explored additive manufacturing as a production solution. Earlier this year, the company collaborated with HP to create the Brooks Exhilarate-BlueLine running shoes. Footwear developed by the Brooks BlueLine Lab is at the forefront of harnessing technology, biomechanical research, engineering, and design to advance the power of running shoes. The Lab’s newest innovation, the Exhilarate-BL shoe is designed, engineered, and manufactured in partnership with HP, using the company’s MJF 3D printing solution.

As part of its 2030 vision and continued commitment to biomechanics and performance running design, Brooks is also dedicated to making meaningful sustainability improvements through a science-backed approach. From reductions in carbon emissions to reusable thermoplastic resins, bio-based materials options, and natural fibers, ARRIS’ technology also generates significantly less waste than conventional composites.

Riley Reese, CEO and Co-Founder at ARRIS also commented: “We’re excited about the Brooks Running team partnership and the public release of their innovative elite running shoes. This reveal marks the beginning of what’s to come and the transformative impact our tech will have more broadly in performance footwear.”
In 2017, the ARRIS team pioneered the development of its patented manufacturing technology, bringing together the best of fiber-reinforced composites, additive technologies, and high-volume production molding methods to produce lighter, stronger, smarter, more sustainable products in sports, portable electronics, drones, automotive, aerospace, military/defense, and industrial markets.

Sackett concluded: “Take a step back from running. This partnership shows what two companies on the cutting edge can do for human potential.”

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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 VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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