Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Personalised Footwear: E2HS - From Elite to High Street


360° view of High Speed Sintered outsole 360° view of Selective Laser Sintered outsole

Rapid Prototyping technologies were first commercialised in the late 1980's and are used to create 3 dimensional parts, layer by layer, from Computer Aided Design models. Initially parts were suitable only for use a models, however technology improvements have enabled parts to be used as end-use products, leading to the term Rapid Manufacturing (RM). RM processes manufacture parts without any tooling, enabling hitherto impossible geometries and economic production of one-off parts. This research project capitalises on these benefits to create enhanced functionality footwear.

Selective Laser Sintering, from 3D Systems, and High Speed Sintering, invented at Loughborough, form the core of the manufacturing technology in our research. We are conducting extensive research into the performance requirements of parts made by these processes for use in athletic footwear. We are also conducting ground breaking research into the personalisation of footwear for elite athletes.


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E2HS researchers win 'outstanding paper' award
E2HS researchers win 'outstanding paper' award
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Technology featured on Canadian Discovery Channel
Technology featured on Canadian Discovery Channel

Could technology make Usain Bolt even faster?
BBC website

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USA Society of Manufacturing Engineering Breakthrough Technology Award, May 2009

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Institute of Engineering Technology films our research to encourage young people to become engineers

Dan Toon
Find out why Dan Toon has been making NOISE about our research for the EPSRC

Sprinter ground contact at 50m
View footage of elite sprinter ground contact at 50m