Puma and Porsche Design joined forces to develop a limited collection of 3D printed sneakers: the 3D Mtrx sneaker. This is not the first collaboration of both brands whose fans had witnessed four years ago the launch of a new sportswear collection: “Driven by urban dynamics”.

While 3D printed sneakers have become one of the most popular products for consumers in the additive manufacturing industry, it should be noted that AM usually serves as production candidate for specific parts of the shoes.

In this specific case, the sneaker’s midsole is the part that has been 3D printed. It takes inspiration from Porsche Design by modeling after the brand’s logo. The production required the use of a high-end elastic material that’s said to offer better performance and durability compared to foam midsoles. While no information has been shared yet on the AM process behind this end-product, the brands state that the sneaker’s sole conserves up to 83 percent of vertical energy from the wearer, which would help increase their performance.

While those clues are pointing towards Carbon’s technology as we saw with adidas , it could also be a combination of a VAT process and Henkel’s materials.

One thing is certain, 3D printed sneakers will continue to gain momentum and could become a potential to tap into, for brands that do not have footwear as their core activity.

For those interested in these new 3D printed sneakers, the Porsche Design 3D Mtrx sneaker comes in a black-and-white colorway and an all-black colorway. The sneakers retail for $430 and are available at Porsche Design stores or via Puma’s official website in Europe for the price of 360€.

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