While a few companies have released 3D printed shoes previously, the New Balance Zante Generate is the first 3D-printed running sneaker to be made commercially available. Unfortunately, if you have always wanted a pair of 3D printed shoes I wouldn’t get too excited, because New Balance is only going to be releasing forty-four pairs of the limited edition sneaker. The limited edition release is a tribute to the company’s owner Jim Davis and his forty-fourth year owning the Boston-based shoe company. The forty-four pairs of the Zante Generate were only made available at newbalance.com and in Boston’s New Balance Experience Store with a price tag of $400.
The complicated geometry of the Zante Generate’s midsole would be impossible to create using traditional manufacturing processes and was only possible using the SLS 3D printer.