#2018 is the year of 4D

Adidas plans to bring back its much coveted Futurecraft 4D in March of this year. It seems that this new release will remain an extremely limited product: about 100,000 pairs will be shipped only to friends, family, and Consortium stores. Once available the retail price will be $400.

As a reminder, the original Futurecraft 4D shoe is the result of a collaboration with Silicon Valley tech company Carbon. As far as the manufacturing technique is concerned, 50 different network structures were tried and tested before the best one was chosen. Carbon approach finally aims at reducing the time of current production cycles of the midsole from 90 minutes to 20 minutes.

Called Digital Light Synthesis technique, Carbon’s technique used to produce the Futurecraft 4D collection involved a production method similar to a type of 3D printing known as Digital Light Processing. It involves curing liquid resin through state-of-the-art light projection, and enabling by this way the resin to be hardened layer by layer as it forms a unique midsole designed for function, comfort, and style.

Further information will be released regarding the future collection of adidas” Futurecraft 4D in the upcoming months.


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