Nike’s new 3D-designed spike plates made their debut in the Rio Olympic games as Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran in the women’s 100- and 4 x 100-meter relay. The shoe’s spikes are printed using 3D technology and custom-made to fit the sole of the sprinter’s foot.
Prior to the Rio Olympic games, researchers spent years testing how the firmness and build of the spikes affected the overall pace of the athlete, as different levels can affect how each step recoils from the track during a race. 3D printing allowed researchers to quickly test more than 20 prototypes of the plates, ultimately leading them to a new innovative design to cut down on sprinters’ times.
Fraser-Pryce went on to win medals in two of this summer’s Olympic games. She received silver in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay and bronze in the women’s 100 meter.Read More