the sole plate of the nike vapor laser talon is made with 3D printing technology
the new 'NIKE vapor laser talon' football boot incorporates a lightweight 3D printed plate
that helps players significantly improve their 40-yard dash time.
following text from NIKE
'the quest for acceleration and speed has long been the north star for athletes across sport,
and in order to excel in the game of football, the mastery of these skills is seen in the 40-yard dash.
played out on a national stage in indianapolis, pro scouts clock 40-yard dash times in order
to assess and translate these measurements to a football athlete’s game-time ability.'
'in a version built to master the 40, the NIKE vapor laser talon weighs a mere 5.6 oz. and
is specifically designed for optimal traction on football turf and helping athletes maintain
their 'drive stance' longer.'
'with over 40 years of athlete insights and innovation across sport, NIKE designers worked
with elite trainers within NIKE sparq as well as long time partner and gold medal sprinter
michael johnson to understand how he and his team at michael johnson performance
train football athletes for the 40. according to MJP performance director, lance walker,
an athlete’s 'zero step' is a pivotal point that can make or break an athlete’s 40 time.
in the moments before that first step hits the turf, his propulsion and acceleration speed
are determined. at that point, it’s all about geometry.'
'NIKE’s new 3D printed plate is contoured to allow football athletes to maintain their drive
position longer and more efficiently, helping them accelerate faster through the critical first
10 yards of the 40” said johnson. 'translated to the game of football, mastering the zero step
can mean the difference between a defensive lineman sacking the quarterback or getting blocked.'
'the plate of the cleat is crafted using selective laser sintering technology (SLS) and is
the sport’s first 3D printed plate. SLS is a manufacturing technique using high-powered
lasers to fuse small particles of materials into a 3-dimensional shape. through proprietary
material selection, NIKE was able to prototype a fully functional plate and traction system
within a fraction of the traditional timeframe and at a fraction of the weight. the SLS process
allows for the engineering and creation of shapes not possible with traditional manufacturing
processes, as well as the ability to make design updates within hours instead of months to
truly accelerate the innovation process to never seen speeds.'
'SLS technology has revolutionized the way we design cleat plates – even beyond football
– and gives NIKE the ability to create solutions that were not possible within the constraints
of traditional manufacturing processes' said shane kohatsu, director of NIKE footwear innovation.'
'the way athletes train continues to evolve, and NIKE continues to push the boundaries
of innovation even further. by listening to the voice of the athlete, NIKE is able to evolve footwear,
apparel and equipment to help athletes achieve their highest potential.'