We know that the traditional shoe research and development model is that a new pair of shoes must go through design, mold opening and other processes before production. In the past, the sole opening mold manufacturing took the fastest time of a week. The design is opened, and each modification needs two or three days. The cost of opening a mold is several thousand yuan or even tens of thousands of yuan.
A good design is the beginning of success, but as the speed of product innovation continues to accelerate, the product development cycle is continuously compressed, so the use of cutting-edge technology to help mold development is imperative. The 3D printing technology does not require any molds or mechanical processing, and the development process is more intuitive and efficient. It only takes two or three hours to print the soles and heels. It is of great significance for the development of the footwear industry. The most prominent performance is that it greatly shortens the sample development time and improves the accuracy of the sample.
The meager profit of a single product is a characteristic of apparel products. With the low-cost supply of factors and the huge domestic and foreign market demand, enterprises can still survive in mass sales. However, with rising labor costs, rising raw material purchase prices, and shrinking foreign trade markets, corporate profits have been compressed to the limit and even lost money. This also illustrates the importance of accelerating the introduction and innovation of new technologies from another angle.
At present, both Nike and Adidas have begun to try to bring 3D printing into product manufacturing. Nike launched the Vapor Laser TalonBoot shoe sole designed for American football players using 3D printing to improve the athlete's sprint ability. The relevant person in charge of Adidas said that traditional shoe molds require 12 manual workers, which can be completed in 4-6 weeks, and after the introduction of 3D printing technology, only two people can complete in 1-2 days.
There is no doubt that 3D printing technology is still in the early stages of development, both domestically and globally. However, 3D printing technology has been widely used in the field of shoemaking:
Replacing wooden molds: using 3D printing equipment to directly create shoe-like prototypes that can be turned into sand and cast them completely in 360 degrees. Instead of wooden mold. Shorter time, less manpower, less materials, more printing range of complex patterns for shoe molds, more flexible and efficient processing, and reduced noise, dust and corrosion pollution.
Six-sided die printing: 3D printing technology can directly print out the entire six-sided die. No more editing process of tool path, no tool change, platform rotation and other operations. Each shoe model data feature is integrated and accurately expressed. At the same time, the 3D printer can print multiple models with different data specifications at one time, and the printing efficiency is significantly improved.
In recent years, driven by industrial upgrading and market development, the introduction of new technologies is an inevitable choice for development. The outbreak of 3D printing in the footwear market has arrived. The combination of sports brands and 3D printing technology is revolutionizing the manufacturing model of traditional sole molds, and it is also promoting the further development of the entire industry. The shoe industry combined with 3D printing technology has truly entered the era of mass production of mold-free products for manufacturing.
Dongguan Yunzhan Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd. takes Songshan Lake as its operation center, and takes Jiangxi Longzhan Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Dongguan Technological College School-Enterprise Cooperative R & D Trial Center as its production base. / A group company that integrates R & D, manufacturing, sales and service of flexible shoe-making equipment, creating the industry's well-known brands "NEWSEAZEN" and "USMC".
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