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Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: Stocks, Cloud, Virality, Children’s Books, Olympics

3D Printed Rocket Espresso Cup

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from July 9 to July 15.

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Designed to Win: 3D Printing Could Help Athletes Break World Records

3D Printed Golden Shoes

Will 3D printing make a difference at the next Olympics?

French designer Luc Fusaro has developed a new technique for custom-fitted track shoes using 3D printing. His project, called “Designed to Win”, produces the lightest sprint footwear ever made at just 96 grams and is fitted to match the physical properties of the runner’s foot.

3D printing is the only way to create shoes this light and with such a perfect, custom fit.

Fusaro’s approach utilises a similar approach using bespoke manufacturing processes. Following 3D scanning of the athlete’s feet, a “one shot” full sprint shoe is produced, complete with traction elements and shoelace features, and is the very first sprint shoe fully made with additive manufacturing. The SLS (selective laser sintering) process, known for being ideal for a constantly changing design process, is also one of the strongest in the range of additive manufacturing.

Fusaro claims that the shoes can improve running performance up to 3.5%, which should enable top athletes to break world records in track.

The video below shows how the shoes are made and depicts athletes testing the shoes.


Via Luc Fusaro and PSFK.

Come to London for the Olympics, Stay for the 3D Print Show

London Olympics 3D Print Show

The Internet changed the world in the 1990s. The world is about to change again.

That’s the tag line for the next big event in London after the 2012 Olympics: the 3D Print Show in October. Stay tuned for more coverage from us leading up to the show.

Below is an excerpt from a preview of the 3D Print Show by the UK publication The Telegraph.

Kerry Hogarth, the organiser of the show, said the show would introduce people to the entire process involved in 3D printing: scanning real world objects to make replicas, designing new objects using computer software and then printing the results.

“The people who will come to the show are probably early adopters,” she said. “Over the last three to six months a lot of people have been enquiring about what to do.”

Among the companies exhibiting at the show will be EuroPac 3D, a scanning company whose work includes scanning the Harry Potter set for use in computer-generated imagery and scanning decaying sculptures on the roof of Blenheim Palace so that they can be accurately preserved.

John Beckett, EuroPac’s managing director, said: “We’ll have scanners there that will be able to scan, say, jewellery. We’ll have a complete body scanner which will be able to make a complete scan in about five seconds.”

Although printers capable of producing large objects are still outside the price range of most people, Ms Hogarth predicts that prices will fall over the next couple of years.

Via The Telegraph.

London Olympics photo by UK in Italy used under Creative Commons license.