3D PRINTING SOLUTIONS FOR The Footwear industry
LuxCreo Provides the Industrialized Ultra-fast 3D Printer for Footwear Printing
LuxCreo's DLP Industrialized Ultra-Fast 3D Printer - Lux 3 and Lux 3L, Designed to provide versatile performance with fast, functional prototyping capabilities and high-throughput footwear production.
LuxCreo 2nd Generation Design - Dragon Scale Midsole
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Bisca360: The World’s First 3D Printed Waterproof Shoes
LuxCreo Provides the Materials Designed for Sports Shoe Midsoles
LuxCreo’s EM materials, possessing excellent elasticity and tear resistance, they are suitable for the production of parts that need to be bent, stretched, or compressed hundreds of thousands of cycles without compromising on performance. For example, EM⁺21 is an ideal fit for any application requiring cushioning, including sports shoe midsoles, automotive interiors, and industrial suspensions.
Because LuxCreo shoes are custom made, we are able to reduce 30-40% of waste in the supply chain. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Americans throw away over 300 million pairs of shoes each year. These shoes end up in landfills and can take 30 to 40 years to decompose. Since our lattice structure provides infinite foot support, it decreases the need to throw away shoes and allows for continued use as if the shoes are brand new. For every pair of BISCA360 shoes, we eliminate two regular pairs from being thrown into the landfill.
LuxCreo's patented 3D LEAP technology is energy efficient. By eliminating the injection molding in our production process, we are able to cut down on costs and minimize potential setbacks in cases where the mold isn't created in time. Additionally, LuxCreo is committed to further increase the percentage of bio-based materials that we use in printing our products.
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Traditional footwear manufacturing is a time-consuming process that often limits designs. With high tooling costs and production limitations, initial designs, tooling, and prototyping can take months to complete and require significant investments. The final product design must fit the production method, and processes, like injection molding, can constrain the design. Products need to be developed so that tools can be built for mass production. Designers who work with injection molding must often reconfigure their product layouts to meet production criteria after the prototyping stage.
Many manufacturers’ first exposure to 3D printing was through fused deposition modeling, in which plastic filaments extrude through a nozzle during printing. Materials used in 3D printing were formerly confined to plastics and weak metal alloys that could be extruded at low temperatures. The scope of 3D-printable materials has grown considerably to include various metals, polymers, organic materials, ceramics, and even biological materials.
Traditionally, a 3D printing process supported only functional prototypes or finished products. With advancements in 3D printing technologies and materials, the same machine and 3D printing process can produce prototypes and finished products. To scale, connected 3D printers can seamlessly print the same product at a 3D printing smart factory, making it easier to get a new product onto a production line for high volume manufacturing. Here’s an overview for getting a design into high-volume production with 3D printing.
By the end of 2020, the total revenue connected to 3D printed footwear production is projected to reach $1.4 billion, an upward trend over the last few years. According to a recent footwear manufacturing industry analysis, it is expected to grow at a 19.5% CAGR to $6.5 billion by 2029. Final parts such as uppers,…
There are many considerations in choosing high volume vs. low volume manufacturing. Additive manufacturing offers a viable option for any volume. It also enables manufacturers to implement a more agile business model with less risk. Here’s how additive manufacturing is reducing the gap between high volume vs. low volume manufacturing.
3D printing is often perceived as slower and more expensive than traditional production methods. Many companies incorrectly assume it to be inaccessible because it’s different and more complex. However, improvements in 3D printing technologies and increased material performance have made additive manufacturing a viable alternative. Increased agility, reduced costs and risks, and onshoring will accelerate product design through production more effectively than traditional manufacturing methods.
The short lifespan of footwear, especially running shoes, leads to large amounts of waste. Most shoes are non-biodegradable and end up in landfills where they can take 30 to 40 years to decompose. 3D printing can increase sustainability in footwear manufacturing and the final consumer product.
For companies looking for a more cost-effective and agile alternative to injection molding, 3D printing presents a unique opportunity. To create product variants, additive manufacturing can easily refine designs digitally instead of making new molds. Eliminating tooling reduces capital expenses and product turnaround time, and increases design freedom. Read on for a more in-depth breakdown of these advantages.
3D printing is allowing companies to improve manufacturing capabilities, whether in-house or leveraging contract 3D printing services in a smart factory. Companies in many industries can see multiple benefits when they use 3D printing smart factories for high volume or low volume/high mix manufacturing. Here’s how companies can accelerate the go-to-market of new products from prototyping to high volume manufacturing.
3D printing is a viable manufacturing method for volume and customized production in a number of industries, including footwear, aerospace engineering, and dentistry. Used for the last 35 years, 3D printing eliminates several steps from the traditional production method, significantly accelerating development without compromising product quality. 3D printing night guards and retainers offers several benefits for patients and dentists, making it increasingly the preferred method for developing dental devices.