Covestro material enables fully recyclable shoes from TPU

December 9th, 2019

Polymer manufacturer Covestro has developed a material using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), enabling the automated, lower-cost production of fully recyclable shoes.Traditional shoe manufacturing requires several steps, because a variety of materials need to be sewn and glued together. This makes production time consuming and expensive, but it also impacts end-of-life recyclability. 3D printing, however, has paved the […]

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Ecco and BASF work on 3D printing for footwear

June 20th, 2019

Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco and German chemistry firm BASF are partnering on a new footwear project. Trials have taken place at Ecco’s research and development center in Denmark to test the combination of BASF 3D printing materials and Origin’s open additive printing platform. An article on says that Ecco’s goal for the project is […]

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Ecco to make customized shoes for the masses

April 16th, 2018

Ecco and Cambridge Design Partnership will use 3-D printing technology to make on-site digital shoe customization scalable. Sports Textiles reports that the project, known as QUANT-U (quantified you), provides in minutes a digital analysis of a consumer’s foot structure, including the way that person moves. Analysis begins with a wearable sensor embedded in the soles […]

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