3D printing will likely be primarily used for customization as wearable electronics become mainstream.
Noa Ghersin, Research Associate, Lux Research07.06.16
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In the past year, 3D printing has received significant attention from sports shoe giants like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. With the launch of New Balance’s Zante Generate shoe in April 2016, the first 3D printed shoe became commercially available and 3D printed technology entered the consumer space. Developers choose to use 3D printing over traditional manufacturing for various reasons: material performance enhancement, rapid prototyping, low manufacturing cost for small batches, aesthetic customization, simpler manufacturing processes, and physical customization.
Developers of wearable electronics are also starting to realize benefits of 3D printing, and they are making use of several of the technology’s advantages: Atlas Wearables 3D printed the prototypes of its workout tracking wristband since it enabled for rapid prototyping; OneRing, a ring that monitors Parkinson&r
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