Gallery: Nike Unveils the World’s First 3D-Printed Football Cleat

 

Nike made history last week when it debuted the first-ever football cleat built using rapid-prototyping technology. Weighing just 5.6 ounces, the “Vapor Laser Talon” boasts a contoured three-dimensionally printed plate designed to provide optimal traction, as well as help football athletes maintain their “drive stance” longer and more effectively, according to the sportswear giant. And by using 3D-printing, Nike was able to produce design updates in a matter of hours rather than months.

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