Footwear assembly method with 3D printing

  • US 9,005,710 B2
  • Filed: 07/19/2012
  • Issued: 04/14/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/19/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of three-dimensional printing and assembly of an article of footwear, comprising:

  • designing at least one first three-dimensional pattern and at least one second three-dimensional pattern for printing onto the article of footwear;

    positioning a first fabric portion of the article of footwear on a tray in a three-dimensional printing system, the first fabric portion being at least a portion of a side of an upper of the article of footwear and being positioned substantially flat on the tray to provide a first fabric printing substrate;

    printing at least one first three-dimensional material directly onto the first fabric portion of the article of footwear using the at least one first three-dimensional pattern;

    curing the at least one first three-dimensional material;

    forming the upper of the article of footwear, including the first fabric portion, into a secondary shape;

    positioning a second fabric portion of the article of footwear on the tray, the second fabric portion being at least a portion of a bottom of the upper of the article of footwear and being positioned on the tray to provide a second fabricprinting substrate for printing a sole of the article of footwear;

    printing at least one second three-dimensional material directly onto the second fabric portion of the article using the at least one second three-dimensional pattern to form the sole of the article of footwear;

    curing the at least one second three-dimensional material; and

    removing the article of footwear from the three-dimensional printing system, wherein the first and second fabric printing substrates are part of the article of footwear.

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