Your next climbing shoe could be fully 3D printed according to this Dyson Award winning shoe company

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Now I’m not much of a rock climber (barely taking the stairs) so I defer to the experts at Athos who point out how problematic today’s climbing shoes are. Designed specifically to be able to grip rocks, ledges and the smallest of cracks on a very vertical surface, climbing shoes are designed for traction, not comfort, which is why many climbers find themselves with them. foot pain and injury after wearing climbing shoes for too long. When shopping for shoes, climbers always look for the most fitted fit (for best performance), often wearing shoes up to 2 or sometimes 4 sizes smaller than their actual shoe size, resulting in bruised or sometimes disfigured feet. in the long run … Athos’ solution? 3D printing shoes designed to fit your feet perfectly.

Launched as a project at the Spanish institute ELISAVA, the designers were looking for innovative applications of additive manufacturing. Being avid climbers, their eureka moment came when they realized that additive manufacturing (or AM for short) could easily help create the perfect climbing shoe. Using AM technology, designers were able to customize each shoe taking into account inputs such as the shape of the foot, the wearer’s needs and performance type.

Athos shoes are made from two wide materials: a soft, close-to-the-foot 3D printed TPU body and a two-piece vulcanized rubber outsole. The TPU acts almost like a second skin, flexing with the movements of your foot while remaining breathable (thanks to a unique perforated design), while the vulcanized rubber gives the shoes their traction and grip, allowing you to easily grab onto the shoes. small ledges and rocks while you climb. Each shoe is tailor-made to fit the wearer, making them unique. The additive manufacturing technique also makes it possible to considerably reduce the number of processes and materials by more than 50%.

The Athos workflow has 4 steps: 1. Sweeping the user’s feet, performed in the Athos app. 2. Personalization and personalization: type of shape, climbing style, color, name, etc. 3. Printing of the body of the shoe, post-processing and assembly of the parts. 4. Delivery to the user.

The shoes are set to be prototyped and tested by 10 professional climbers in January 2022. If all goes according to plan, Athos hopes to secure SEED funding by March and start manufacturing climbing shoes for regular consumers at across Spain by the end of next year. .

A national winner of the James Dyson Award, Athos is now moving on to the international round of the awards program, with results announced on October 13.

Creators: Athos team


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