Adidas Unveils Digital Light Synthesis with Futurecraft 4D

By Staff  |  04/07/2017

Adidas has unveiled its latest footwear evolution, the Futurecraft 4D, the world's first high performance footwear using Digital Light Synthesis.

Futurecraft 4D is a fruition of Adidas Futurecraft, the Three Stripes' mission to change the future of craftsmanship through exploring new technology and design. Its midsoles are made with light and oxygen with Digital Light Synthesis technology, which was pioneered by Carbon.

According to Adidas, the 4D's midsole is born out of 17 years of compiling data, resulting in a pioneering digital footwear component creation process that eliminated the necessity of traditional prototyping or moulding. With the new technology, adidas operates on a completely different manufacturing scale and sport performance quality, departing from 3D printing, and bringing additive manufacturing to the sport industry into a new dimension.

"With Digital Light Synthesis, we venture beyond limitations of the past, unlocking a new era in design and manufacturing," said Eric Liedtke, adidas Group Executive. "One driven by athlete data and agile manufacturing processes. By charting a new course for our industry, we can unleash our creativity- transforming not just what we make, but how we make it."

As for Digital Light Synthesis, it's a breakthrough process pioneered by Carbon, which uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics and programmable liquid resins to generate high-performance, durable polymeric products. Futurecraft 4D is adidas's first application of the Digital Light Synthesis.

300 pairs of the Adidas Futurecraft 4D will be released this week to friends and family, followed by more than 5,000 pairs hitting retail in Fall/Winter 2017. For more info, visit