Cycling shoe maker Lore has started pre-ordering its customizable 3D printed cycling shoes, the LoreOne.
Claimed by Lore to be the first 3D-printed hard-shell carbon shoe, the LoreOne was developed with over a dozen patent-pending features designed to push the boundaries of shoe design and manufacturing.
“This is an exciting time for cycling as a sport, as a shoe and as manufacturing as a whole,” said Stephan Drake, CEO of Lore. “The LoreOne fulfills 3D printing’s longstanding promise for revolutionary end-use products: it’s incredibly complex in its organic, bespoke form, and transmits power very efficiently thanks to its new composite structure.
“Technology is transformative and almost alien. What matters most is biomechanical performance and feel on the bike. It’s amazing how top athletes have been blown away by how the LoreOne dramatically improves their pedaling experience.
The LoreOne was created by Lore in partnership with Olympic track cyclist and elite cycling coach Colby Pearce. The automatic shoe is designed specifically for road cyclists and mechanically couples with a mechanism on the pedal via a cleat on its underside.
The LoreOne is fully customized to an individual’s feet using the company’s patent-pending MORPHIC 3D scanning and printing technology. Using the Morphic app and a smartphone, cyclists can scan their feet and send them to Lore.
A continuous robotic 3D printing process in carbon fiber transforms these custom scans into the main body of the shoe, the Custom Carbon AirFrame, which consists of dorsal (upper) and plantar (lower) sections that interlock around the foot of the shoe. cyclist when he puts it on.
The Morphic 3D printing process enables precise fit and biomechanical performance that was previously unobtainable with traditional shoemaking techniques. The shoe’s 3D printing in carbon fiber maximizes its strength, performance and efficiency, while the exact fit and stiff carbon fiber prevents the rider’s foot from moving around inside the shoe when riding. pedaling.
In addition to the Custom Carbon AirFrame, the LoreOne consists of a custom printed cushioned insole in polyurethane and recycled polyester and a retention strap.
The finished, fully customized cycling shoe is then shipped to the customer and is compatible with their choice of Shimano, Look or Speedplay cleats. Lore is now accepting pre-orders for a first “Founder’s Kit” edition of the LoreOne, priced at $1,900.
3D printing for better cycling performance
In the world of professional cycling, speed is everything, with mere fractions of a second often separating success from failure. 3D printing is increasingly being deployed to harness the efficiency of speed through improved aerodynamics and lightweighting components, among others.
More recently, a Calibry 3D scanner from Russian handheld 3D scanner developer Thor3D was used by the Italian national cycling team to improve its aerodynamics for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The scanner was used to provide digital scans of Italian athletes and their bikes to find the most aerodynamic riding position.
The benefits of 3D printing have also been leveraged by the French Cycling Federation to deploy custom handlebars to achieve aerodynamic efficiency gains, which have been exhibited on the team’s bikes during the games. Rio 2016.
Similarly, global engineering firm Renishaw has sought to bolster the Great Britain cycling team’s chances ahead of Tokyo 2020 with the design of a new track bike. Partnered with Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology to design the bike with 3D printed parts to improve track performance with lightweight parts and innovative design.
Elsewhere, 3D printing has been deployed to provide custom bike helmets, titanium bike pedals and titanium components for road bikes.
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Featured image shows the 3D printed LoreOne cycling shoe. Photo via Lore.