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Adidas designs 3D printed sports shoe

Adidas has revealed its latest sneaker design and it’s made using 3D printing technology.

The Futurecraft’s mid-sole is created using a process known as Continuous Liquid Interface Production, in which the design is essentially pulled out of a vat of liquid polymer resin.

It is then fixed into its desired shape using ultraviolet light.

The Silicon Valley company that created the method, Carbon, say it’s faster and more adaptable than traditional additive printing, and can make mass-production 3D printing a reality.

But only 5,000 pairs of Futurecraft shoes will go on sale later this year, although the company says it aims to produce 100,000 pairs in total by the end of 2018.

“This is a milestone not only for us as a company but also for the industry,” Adidas’ Gerd Manz said. “We’ve cracked some of the boundaries.”