This story starts in 2017. Formlabs and New Balance had announced their new relationship which aimed to develop new materials and a specific hardware for the production of sneakers. The first goal was reached since they were able to release Rebound Resin, a proprietary photopolymer resin that enables the creation of springy, resilient lattice structures with the durability, reliability, and longevity expected from an injection molded thermoplastic.
Both companies recently announced the launch of TripleCell, a 3D printing platform that will ease the production of 3D printed sneakers.
“TripleCell will deliver the industry’s pinnacle expression of data to design with seamless transitions between variable properties underfoot”, says Katherine Petrecca, New Balance General Manager, Innovation Design Studio. “This new, cutting edge, digitally manufactured technology is now scaling exclusively within New Balance factories in the U.S. further establishing us as a leader in 3D printing and domestic manufacturing. Formlabs has been an integral partner to bring this to life. We’re really going to be able to disrupt the industry not only in performance, but also in athlete customization and speed to market.“
The 990 Sport launched on on June 28th and the FuelCell Echo that will be launched on September 15th both feature (or will feature) TripleCell technology, with the expected retail value of $185 and $175 respectively.
For Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer of Formlabs. “By eliminating the dependence on molds and direct printing for both prototyping and production, their team shifts from months to hours in the development and production cycles. We’re moving towards a world where design cycles are closing in on the whim of the consumer and it’s exciting to be on the frontlines of this with New Balance.”
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