Yesterday, Nike Football debuted the Nike Vapor Laser Talon that incorporates a revolutionary 3D printed plate that will help American football athletes perform at their best. In a version built to master the 40-yard dash, the Nike Vapor Laser Talon weighs a mere 159 gram, and is specifically designed for optimal traction on football turf and helping athletes maintain their “drive stance” longer.
“Nike’s new 3D printed plate is contoured to allow football athletes to maintain their drive position longer and more efficiently, helping them accelerate faster through the critical first 10 yards of the 40” said Michael Johnson (the gold medal sprinter), who is working on the project together with Nike SPARQ. “Translated to the game of football, mastering the Zero Step can mean the difference between a defensive lineman sacking the quarterback or getting blocked.”
The plate of the cleat is crafted using Selective Laser Sintering technology (SLS) and is the sport’s first 3D printed plate. Nike was able to prototype a fully functional plate and traction system within a fraction of the traditional timeframe and at a fraction of the weight. SLS process allows for the engineering and creation of shapes not possible with traditional manufacturing processes, as well as the ability to make design updates within hours instead of months to truly accelerate the innovation process to never seen speeds.
“SLS technology has revolutionized the way we design cleat plates – even beyond football – and gives Nike the ability to create solutions that were not possible within the constraints of traditional manufacturing processes” said Shane Kohatsu, Director of Nike Footwear Innovation.