Innovative techniques in 3-D printing reportedly mean some previously impossible design will start showing up in consumer products.
“This may be the year you get 3-D-printed shoes,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
“By the end of 2017, the transformation of manufacturing will hit a milestone: mass-produced printed parts. Until now, that concept was an oxymoron, since 3-D printing has been used mainly for prototyping and customized parts,” the WSJ reported.
“But the radical innovation of 3-D printing techniques means we are finally going to see some previously impossible designs creep into our consumer goods. In the long term, it also means new products that previously would have been impractical to produce, and a geographical shift of some manufacturing closer to customers,” WSJ.com reported.
For its part, Adidas recently launched a new sneaker with a 3D-printed sole that it plans to mass-produce next year, part of a broader push by the