3D-Printed Customized Shoes Help Athletes Run Faster

3D-Printed Customized Shoes Help Athletes Run Faster

These spiked footwear can make the difference between second-place and a gold medal.

Yi Chen
  • 6 july 2012

French engineer and designer, Luc Fusaro, has used a 3D printer to create a pair of lightweight running shoes that can help sprinters perform better. This footwear can be customized to fit the athlete perfectly. Once the runner’s feet are scanned, a digital 3D model is created before the physical pair of shoes is created using an additive 3D printing technique.

Fusaro developed the spiked-sprint shoes as part of his final master degree in a solo project at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London. Fusaro claims that the custom shoes could improve an athlete’s running speed by up to 3.5 percent.

Luc Fasaro


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