Nike’s 3D Printed Talons

By on March 8th, 2013 in Usage


Nike’s new Vapor Laser Talon football shoe wouldn’t exist without 3D printing technology. The shoe manufacturer used metal 3D printing technology to prototype a special plate and traction system for the new footwear. 
According to Nike’s MJP Performance Director, Lance Walker:
Nike’s new 3D printed plate is contoured to allow football athletes to maintain their drive position longer and more efficiently, helping them accelerate faster through the critical first 10 yards of the 40. Translated to the game of football, mastering the Zero Step can mean the difference between a defensive lineman sacking the quarterback or getting blocked.
The shoe you see in the store isn’t 3D printed, however. The production plate will be mass manufactured in a conventional manner – but the design was only possible through an iterative process using 3D metal printing. 
Via Nike

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!