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Process Considerations in 3D Manufacturing in Footwear

Learn about the key challenges

3D manufacturing poses new challenges to any process chain. As a nascent manufacturing technology, there are several questions that a footwear company must consider when contemplating incorporating 3D manufacturing into a production portfolio.

  • Hardware & Software: Ensure the reproducibility, safety and reliability of 3D printing machines. The manufacturer must be able to rely on the machinery used in 3D printing footwear.
  • Materials: Ensure material constancy & safety in industrial series production. Materials used in footwear production such as polyurethane, resins and nylon powder must be of a consistent quality.
  • Methods: Process chains & products testing must meet all applicable mandatory requirements.
  • Standards: Regulations and standards suitable for additive manufacturing.
  • Management: Certification to a 3D printing management system.
  • Qualification: Well-trained personnel for all positions in the 3D printing environment.

Addressing each of these considerations will help the footwear manufacturer reach its goals faster and with fewer unforeseen challenges along the way.

TÜV SÜD IS A LEADING 3D PRINTING CERTIFICATION COMPANY

Seasoned in manufacturing processes, management systems and product certifications, TÜV SÜD has emerged as a leader in 3D manufacturing standards development in footwear and beyond. We offer many services to companies considering the benefits of 3D manufacturing - from facility certifications to training to facilitating access to the custom orthopedic shoe market.

Learn more about our wide-ranging 3D manufacturing in footwear certifications.


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