Nike is jumping on the 3D revolution with a 3D printed cleat. The Vapor Laser Talon is a product of Nike’s “40 Yard Dash” project that uses rapid prototyping to create new functional design concepts. Originally formulated as a football cleat, the Talon has a 3D printed base that offers athletes an ideal drive position. The Vapor is designed to provide optimal turf traction, reduce deceleration time, and most importantly “traction confidence”. The goal is linear speed and control. A few photo captions provided by Nike read
“Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite – Ground-breaking traction designed for instant acceleration”
“Nike Vapor HyperAgility – Changing how athletes change direction.”
“Nike Vapor Laser Talon – First-step speed has never been faster.”
Selective laser sintering fuses small particles into 3 dimensional parts. Nike Innovation Director Shane Kohatsu stated that “SLS technology has revolutionized the way we design cleat plates – even beyond football – and gives Nike the capability to create solutions that were not possible within the constraints of traditional manufacturing processes”. The cleats start at $250.00 with a wide variety of color combinations and sizes.
When I started here at Professional Image 3D working with 3D prototypes people would often say… “Why would you want to create something that cannot be traditionally manufactured?” However, today we are seeing more and more people realizing they can create and design products without the limitations of traditional manufacturing. It’s nice to see the Innovation Director of Nike on the same page. With this mind set we can expect to see some truly amazing products coming in the very near future. Once again 3D printing is “INSPIRING INNOVATION”
“3D Printing Is Helping Nike Build the Ideal Football Cleat.” VentureBeat. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2014.
“Sample Story.” Nike Football. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2014.