Cobbler’s 3D Printer Designed to Quickly and Efficiently Create Sneaker Soles

Published by , March 7, 2017 12:19 pm

(  3D printing is proving to be a fast and more efficient method to creating customizable sneaker soles. The sole is the most expensive and time-consuming part of a sneaker to produce. The part of the shoe that looks simple from the outside is actually very intricate on the inside being constructed of various laters of foam, rubber, and other materials in the sole.
Maine startup Cobbler Technologies’ has designed a 3D printer that it says will produce sneaker soles faster and more flexibly than current methods. The Cobbler Atomized Particle Deposition 3D printer will enable construction of multi-material products and mix the materials as they’re added. The company’s development stage atomized particle disposition, or 3DADP printer nozzle technology allows the printer to deposit customized layers in three dimensions. The Cobbler 3D printer can print several materials without having and operator to stop the printer, change the material and print the print head to handle it. Those materials start out as about half the size of a pea, and are fed into the printer, where they are atomized so they blend together to create a multi-layered sole.

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