New Balance Adopts 3D Printing To Create Hyper-Customized Track Shoes

New Balance is the latest shoe manufacturer to use 3D printers to create footwear for professional athletes, highly customized to their specific needs and—more importantly—their feet.

Using selective laser sintering (SLS), New Balance can create a spike plate that’s lightweight but also caters to how an athlete runs. The design process for each plate involves analyzing biomechanical data for each athlete that’s collected using sensor-laden shoes and motion capture technology. The data allows the custom plates to perfectly support a runner’s foot while they compete improving performance.

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