April 2017, Malaysia adidas journey to define the future of craftsmanship through exploring new technology, collaboration and state-of-the art design. In helping athletes create a difference in every game, the brand unveils Futurecraft 4D—the world’s first high performance footwear featuring midsoles crafted with light and oxygen using Digital Light Synthesis, a technology pioneered by Carbon.
After 17 years of running data of bringing the functional reality through pioneer digital footwear, the brand finally utilizes the Futurecraft 4D. With an integrated Digital Light Synthesis which now operates on a completely different manufacturing scale and sport performance quality, officially departing from 3D printing, bringing additive manufacturing in the sport industry into a new dimension.
Digital Light Synthesis is a breakthrough process pioneered by Carbon that uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to generate high-performance, durable polymeric products. Futurecraft 4D is adidas’s first application of the Digital Light Synthesis, and represents the brand’s step into athlete-data driven design and manufacturing.
With an ambition to create the ultimate running shoe for all, adidas analysed its library of running data to shape functional zones into a midsole design crafted through Digital Light Synthesis.
Unlike any traditional manufacturing technology, Digital Light Synthesis allows adidas to precisely address the needs of each athlete in regards to movement, cushioning, stability, and comfort with one single component.