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3-D printed shoes coming to a foot near you

Source:  Brenda Cole

Fashion is one industry that often comes up in discussions of 3-D printing's uses. As 3D Systems demonstrated with its sneaker, the footwear industry is taking notice of the product customization that 3-D printing can afford.

The material used in the sole of the sneaker is very flexible, unlike the typical stiff, hard plastics used in most 3-D printing. With these flexible polymers and a computer-aided-design scan of a person's foot, manufacturers could create the ultimate in custom running shoes.

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