Nike has announced a new partnership with information technology company HP, aimed to lead to further development of its 3-D printed products. HP will help Nike expand its capabilities in manufacturing 3-D printed shoes as the performance giant looks to scale its 3-D shoe business overall.
“At Nike we innovate for the world’s best athletes. We’ve been using 3-D printing to create new performance innovations for footwear for the past several years,” said Tom Clarke, president of Nike Innovation. “Now we are excited to partner with HP to accelerate and scale our existing capabilities as we continue to explore new ways to manufacture performance products to help athletes reach their full potential.”
The move to connect with HP builds on Nike’s history with 3-D printing technology, which has seen the company utilize Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in the creation of everything from a custom track spike for sprinter Allyson Felix, to football cleats, such as the Nike Vapor Laser Talon and Nike Vapor HyperAgility.
Outside of footwear, it has also played a significant role in unique designs such as the “Cooling Hood”, designed for world record-holding decathlete Ashton Eaton, and the Nike Football Rebento duffle bag.