Nike Football Accelerates Innovation with 3D printed “Concept Cleat” for Shuttle
February 26, 2014
Nike continues to push the limits of innovation and design by debuting its second football cleat built using 3D printing technology. The Nike Vapor HyperAgility Cleat, built for the shuttle drill (or 5-10-5), has taken innovation and athlete agility to a new level. In the quest to help make athletes better, Nike is accelerating the footwear manufacturing process through 3D printing technology.
Last year, Nike’s “40 Yard Dash Project” redefined the game with new 3D plate construction built for linear speed through the Nike Vapor Laser Talon cleat. Insights captured from the project have revolutionized the way Nike designs and manufactures footwear, helping to inform the Nike Vapor Carbon Cleat design less than a year later.
The new Nike Vapor HyperAgility cleat, born from Nike’s “Shuttle Project,” again takes innovation and traditional footwear manufacturing to a new level. In addition to linear speed, the game of football requires agility and lateral quickness. The mastery of these skills is seen on a grand stage as pro scouts clock athlete’s “shuttle” or “5-10-5” drill times in order to assess them for game-time ability. Optimal traction on turf, reducing deceleration time, and traction confidence, are all critical requirements when “cutting” or changing direction quickly.