3D-printer technology company, Cobbler Technologies and SOAK USA are collaborating to print the world’s first 3D-printed recyclable fashion slide sandals. Designed for a woman’s everyday needs, SOAK slides are recyclable, vegan, eco-friendly, comfortable, water happy and stylish chic footwear. The socially-conscious company based in Maine is not unfamiliar with using custom technology to ensure comfort and arch support for their customers.
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As 3D-printing technology starts to become cost competitive in line with traditional manufacturing methods, there is no denying that 3D printing is a broad field with many players and many different needs. Andrew Katon, CEO Cobbler Technologies, an expert in this field, shares: “3D-printing has remained out of reach for most production applications due to the high cost of materials. Our team of engineers has been quietly perfecting 3DAPDTM, a high-resolution production 3D-printing technology built around common production materials. The result is a dramatic cost reduction in 3D-printing which now positions 3DAPDTM as a competitive price option when businesses manufacture products. We’re excited to partner with SOAK to bring an environmentally conscious 3D-printed product to market.”
On their partnership, Michelle Vale, Co-founder of SOAK USA said: “SOAK USA is excited about the opportunity to leverage this innovative technology and apply it to a fashion-forward brand. We will offer our two most popular colours, gold and silver, and will add custom colours shortly. This collaboration is in alignment with our eco-friendly, made in the USA philosophy.”