Adidas Futurecraft 4D starts a new era of 3D-printed shoes

Using Digital Light Synthesis, Adidas plans to ship more than 100,000 pairs of 3D-printed shoes by the end of 2018

Adidas is back with another sneaker based on a 3D-printed midsole, but this time the company says it’s moving even closer to mass production. The Futurecraft 4D shoe will be the first one using Carbon’s “Digital Light Synthesis” process. Continue reading “Adidas Futurecraft 4D starts a new era of 3D-printed shoes”

Are We Reaching the End of World Records?

As we near the limits of human strength and speed, technology and culture keep moving the finish line.

In 1896 Charilaos Vasilakos won the first modern marathon, a qualifying race for Greeceā€™s Olympic team, with a time of three hours and eighteen minutes. Today that would not even qualify him for the Boston Marathon. Since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games world records in every sport have advanced sharply, driven by factors as disparate as global conflicts, social change, technological improvements and changing rules.

The general upward trend in performance is largely due to advances in our understanding of fitness, conditioning, diet and nutrition, says Mark Williams, a professor of sport, health and exercise science at Brunel University in London.
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