3D CMPT – Adidas Announces New 3D Printed Sunglasses
It has been four years since 2018 Adidas released their first 3D-printed performance footwear line, the Futurecraft 4D. Since then they have added the Alphaedge 4D, 4D Run, and most recently, the 4DFWD. The German sportswear giant has been the pioneer of 3D-printing running shoes for some time now, but it seems that they have slightly shifted their attention to cyclists. In collaboration with eyewear company Marcolin, Adidas has introduced their new 3D-printed product, a pair of sunglasses called the 3D CMPT.
These limited-edition sunglasses are produced with the latest 3D printing technology to make a one-piece frame using a rubber coated flexible nylon. The design and look of the matte-black nylon frame is polygonal and almost see-through, making them well-ventilated and breathable.
The arms are not foldable but there are non-slip rubber points on the arms and nose pads for extra grip. The lens is made of a lightweight polycarbonate and will come in the option of either “Brown” or “Mirror Silver”. Weighing at only 20 grams, these 3D printed sunglasses are very lightweight and can be useful for not only cyclists, but for runners too.
The 3D CMPT will be priced at $415 with only 150 sets made in the first run. They will be available exclusively to members of the Adidas Creator Club on August 23. Unfortunately, there has been no announcement on whether or not another release will be available for sale to the general public.
It is truly fascinating to see the evolution of Adidas and their progress of 3D-printed manufacturing. It was not too long ago when they first partnered with Carbon, one of the fastest-growing 3D-printing technology companies and a leading Digital Manufacturing Platform, to use their proprietary DLS™ technology to create the Futurecraft 4D.
Adidas transformed 3D printing in the footwear industry and their impact has shown here. This is actually their first 3D-printed product that is not a running shoe. They are obviously testing the waters with the release of the 3D CMPT sunglasses and its only a matter of time until we see Adidas branch out to more sports. We should be excited for what’s to come.