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Multinational footwear maker New Balance is updating its TripleCell 3D printing platform with the addition of a new sneaker: the FuelCell Echo Triple.
Launching on September 27th with an expected retail value of $175, the shoe features a forefoot (part under the ball of the feet) 3D printed using Formlabs technology. It is a new take on the standard FuelCell Echo, and follows the release of the revamped New Balance 990 Sport in June 2019.
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“TripleCell will deliver the industry’s pinnacle expression of data to design with seamless transitions between variable properties underfoot,” explains Katherine Petrecca, New Balance General Manager, Innovation Design Studio. “This new, cutting edge, digitally manufactured technology is now scaling exclusively within New Balance factories in the U.S. further establishing us as a leader in 3D printing and domestic manufacturing.”
“FORMLABS HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PARTNER TO BRING THIS TO LIFE. WE’RE REALLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO DISRUPT THE INDUSTRY NOT ONLY IN PERFORMANCE, BUT ALSO IN ATHLETE CUSTOMIZATION AND SPEED TO MARKET”
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The Formlabs New Balance FuelCell Echo Triple. Photo via Formlabs.
The relationship between New Balance and Massachusetts-based 3D printer OEM Formlabs was first revealed in 2017. Both companies announced an exclusive partnership to develop high-performance materials and hardware while developing a manufacturing process for athletic footwear.
Results - Partnership - Creation - Photopolymer - Rebound
One of the results of this partnership has been the creation of a proprietary photopolymer called Rebound Resin. The material is designed to create springy, resilient lattice structures with the durability, reliability, and longevity expected from an injection molded thermoplastic. In early 2019, the Rebound Resin was previewed during the Digital Factory Conference and the Formlabs User Summit events in Boston. Katherine Petrecca, General Manager at New Balance Athletics and her team demonstrated various 3D printed structures made from the previously unnamed resin.
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