True to its trendy brand image due to its innovative and environmentally responsible approach, the British company share It decided to put 3D printing at the service of its commitment. In its quest for more sustainable fashion, the company, defining itself as a collective of designers, scientists, researchers and technologists, has teamed up with 3D shoe printing expert Zellerfeld to create an elegant design. And a minimalist 3D printed sneaker.
Named the “Absolute Sneaker” just like the other 3D shoes released recently Hilos, Pangaia’s are custom-printed on a flexible material called TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). With rubber-like elasticity, comfort, and resistance to abrasion and wear, this polymer has the advantage of being colorful and recyclable.
Compared to traditionally made sneakers, the technology used to create a complete sneaker reduced the number of materials from more than 40 to just one, explains Pankaya. The dozens of different materials typically found in a shoe make it difficult to recycle. The use of a single material, in this case TPU, allows shoes to be recycled into a new pair when they reach the end of their life.
To incentivize its users, Bungaya even goes so far as to offer a $30 shopping voucher to those who return their pair of shoes. Zellerfeld’s goal is to create a renewable material that saves waste and does not depend on the use of derived fossil fuels, such as the virgin TPU currently used in the 3D printing process.
“A shoe that not only prioritizes durability, but also sets a new standard for lightweight and fast printing”
“ As we begin our partnership with Bangaya, I’m not thrilled to see major brands embrace the 3D printing revolution. With the Absolute Sneaker, Pangaia has created a shoe that not only prioritizes durability, but is also lightweight and fast-printable, setting a new standard for what’s possible in printed footwear. said Zellerfeld CEO and co-founder Cornelius Schmitt. ” It is our hope that this partnership will inspire others to join the work towards a circular future and recognize the potential of 3D printing to revolutionize the way we make products. »
This collaboration between Bangaya and Zellerfeld Two months later, it announced the launch of a 3D printed shoe platform in open beta. The idea of this American company is to provide its users with 3D printed shoes that are fully recyclable to fit their feet, all in a more sustainable overall process.
Exclusively designed with a scan of your phone, the shoes are printed using the FFF (Fused Filament Deposition) process from durable materials free of harmful textiles, rubbers and leathers.
Another positive impact of 3D printing noted by Bangaya is that this on-demand manufacturing method removes excess inventory from warehouses. Allows easy and low-cost management, but avoids burning or disposal of products to accommodate more products. Without laces, the complete sneakers are low shoes that come in two colors: black and sand. Those interested can get their pair tomorrow for $250.
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