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.