Nike Debuts 3D Printed Duffel Bag For The World Cup

Design & Architecture

The sports brand created a more sustainable item in honor of this years FIFA event.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 11 june 2014

Sports brand Nike has recently unveiled the Nike Football Rebento duffel bag, a 3D-printed sports bag that’s designed for selected players who are taking part in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The 3D-printed Rebento bag, whose name comes from the Portuguese word for “explode,” is designed as a sports equipment holder for some of the best football players playing in the World Cup. Nike will be presenting the bag to selected players, including Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

The 3D-printed bag has a mesh covering that was constructed with laser-sintered nylon and has a pattern that references the designs of two of the sports brand’s football shoes – the Magista and Mercurial. The base of the bag is covered with an intertwining mesh that was also created with similar techniques used for the Flyknit design. The special duffel bag also features custom gold detailing, gold plates that have the player’s names engraved on them.

The bag has handcrafted premium leather straps and an upper that fits seamlessly into the 3D-printed structure of the bag, without the need for glue, adhesive, or any attachment. This makes it more flexible while still being durable.

In a press release, Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Football, said,

We wanted to create something that was truly special for the game’s greatest players. We did this by utilizing one of the most cutting-edge technologies – 3D printing – to make a bag that is unlike anything else.

Aside from the 3D-printed duffel bag, Nike also developed 3D-printed shin guards that were designed to be more aerodynamic. The Mercurial FlyLite Guard is designed with a webbed honeycomb structure to absorb impact instead of the traditional foam typically used in shin guards. The new shin guards are also designed to be lightweight and breathable, making them comfortable enough to wear for extended periods.

Lotti added,

We found that the more material you took away, the better the guard protected the shin. Reducing material also allowed for unprecedented flexibility, creating a fit that was unlike anything players had experienced. With 3D printing, we were able to quickly innovate, experiment and test hundreds of patterns and prototypes for the engineered shock system.

The Mercurial FlyLite Guard will be available on the Nike online store starting July 1st.


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