Athos has selected HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology to realise the first-of-its-kind 3D printed, customised and sustainable climbing shoe.
The Spanish start-up identified a major problem in the world of climbing footwear, the need to buy a smaller size to gain the necessary support, and started researching a solution to create a customised, high-performance climbing shoe.
The process, enabled by HP, begins with the scanning of the user’s feet, followed by printing, post-processing, assembly of parts and finally, the delivery of the end product.
In addition, Athos has reached the national finals for the James Dyson Award, as the first 3D printed custom climbing shoe, thanks to its philosophy focused on the combination of customisation, innovation, and consumer health.
To print the shoes, Athos is using Sculpteo, an online 3D printing service with operations in France and California.
A member of HP’s digital manufacturing partner network, Sculpteo is equipped with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, allowing Athos to create end-products that are flexible, customisable and sustainable.
“We are seeing how 3D printing technology is changing the sports footwear industry, including shortening production times and developing innovative and sustainable ideas,” said Wayne Davey HP global head of 3D printing solutions.
“Athos is a clear example of how companies are adopting HP’s innovative 3D technology solutions to change an entire market and address consumer needs.”
“It was very important for us to implement additive manufacturing in an innovative way, which is why HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology is the perfect choice for creating more customizable and sustainable products,” stated Athos managing partners Emili S. Taixés and Romina Milesi.
“The benefits of customization and on-demand production help us to deploy a more environmentally responsible consumer and manufacturing model.”