Multi-material, 3D printing for the footwear industry

Everything you know about 3D printing in the footwear industry just became obsolete!

We provide the hammer, you make the shoe.

Collaboration

We collaborate with leading companies in the footwear industry to ensure that our final product delivers a unique opportunity to print the best shoe or component money can buy.

Our technology will eliminate current constraints and open the door for creativity and innovation.

Atomized Particle Deposition
3DAPDTM

Cobbler Technology will revolutionize 3D printing
as you know it:

​Material
Atomization

How does
it work?

Raw materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state undergo an energy driven phase transformation resulting in liquid atomization. The atomization is caused by a collision of semi-liquid material and high velocity gas. This collision breaks up a column of semi-liquid material into very fine droplets that are precisely deposited as an “atomized spray”. Three-dimensional Atomized Particle Deposition (3DAPDTM) technology enables 3D printing of functional multi-material products.

Particle
Deposition

How does
it work?

Development-stage 3DAPDTM nozzle technology allows the CobblerTM 3D-printer to deposit customized layers of atomized material in three dimensions. Fine particles provide for a smoother surface finish in comparison to most other 3D-printing technologies available on the market today. Printing nozzles draw multiple raw materials from industrial reservoirs, allowing for on-the-fly material changes between printed layers. Additional nozzles can be installed in parallel to scale production.

Multi-
Material

How does
it work?

While most 3D-printing technologies allow for printing of more than one material using a common platform, materials selection in this emerging industry is limited. Changing out materials or cartridges on machines can be time consuming and costly. The CobblerTM 3D-printer will be the first 3D-printer to enable additive construction of multi-material products with on-the-fly material mixing. Our proof-of concept printer made a shoe sole with 25 different density foam layers.

​Material
Atomization

Your
benefits

Print foams,rubbers, and plastics

Print advanced polymers

Flexibility in material leads to innovation

Particle
Deposition

Your
benefits

Nozzle count scalable to required speed

Nozzles fed by multiple liquified material streams

Nozzle dynamically contolled in x - y - z

Multi-
Material

Your
benefits

Functional grading of materials in real time

Multiple liquified materials can be used in one printing process

Material change on the fly

What this means to a footwear company:

a.) Innovate material usage

b.) Lower setup cost

c.) Reduce time to market

d.) All of the above, at the same time

Innovate material usage

Imagine being able to combine multiple materials to create customized formulations that you can vary across a product as you see fit. This capability allows you to alter materials on the fly, without human intervention. 3DAPDTM will allow you to innovate and create new products with performance that would be unattainable by other means.

Andrew Katon

CEO, Board Member

  • Co-founded Cobbler Technologies.
  • Co-inventor on multiple patent applications including 3DAPDTM MM3D technology. Developed 3D-printed product solutions for global aerospace spray coatings company.

Chuck Hazzard

Business Development

  • Co-founded a telecom company recognized by Inc as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US.
  • Increased revenue by $500 million in a public technology company.
  • Avid runner, connected in both running community and footwear industry.

Tim Abraham

Project Engineer

  • Robotics and 3D Printer enthusiast.
  • Designed and built three desktop 3D printers.
  • Completed engineering internships for multinational technology companies Raytheon and Kiva Systems.

Peter Klein

Chairman of the Board

  • Grew 3D ultrasound company to over $25 million.
  • Acquired 8 and sold 3 companies.
  • Raised over $80 million in equity.
  • Returned 40 X investment in 7 years.
  • Took company public at AMEX.

Thomas Marlow

Board Member

  • Ran global IP operations at billion-dollar technology and manufacturing company.
  • Strategically advised companies from startups to household name multinationals.
  • Wrote the book on patent prosecution.

Philosophy

3D printing is a broad field with many players and many different needs. We do not try to be everything to all people. We have chosen to do one thing and do it well:

Multi-material, 3D printing for the footwear industry

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