Our Favorite 3D-Printed Gear
Whether 3D printers pump out prototypes or the final product, this is the best new stuff made using the space-age tech
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Whether 3D printers pump out prototypes or the final product, this is the best new stuff made using the new tech.
Hoka One One Vanquish shoe
Hoka uses 3D printing on the Vanquish’s mesh upper to provide its trademark security and support for your foot without much of a weight or breathability penalty. Tipping the scale at 9.8 ounces, the resulting shoe didn’t give us swamp feet on even the hottest summer runs.
Sage 6200 Series reel
A confidence-inspiring reel built to handle long fast runs from big fish, the 6200 series is forged from burly aluminum. But Sage made sure it had the construction dialed by 3D printing prototypes.
Price from $439
Peak Designs Everyday backpack
This is our new favorite around-town pack. Its weatherproof, expandable body and customizable inner organization accommodate all daily needs.
Another product come about through 3D prototyping. Oxx’s 12-pound behemoth is made of crush-resistant plastic that can handle 1,500 pounds of weight on top of it and still churn out coffee in the rain.
Own Phones Smart Fit earphones
Sure, you’ll look weird using your phone’s camera to take a picture of your ear. But with the Own Phones app, you can upload the picture, which the company then uses to individually print wireless Smart Fit Earphones.
Appalatch Everyday Raglan sweater
North Carolina-based Appalatch utilizes an in-house 3D knitting machine to create slim, durable sweaters like the Everyday Raglan. The techy knitting process also results in almost no excess fabric.
Moment Cork iPhone case
The cork backing not only looks great but provides grip when snapping pictures with one hand. Moment’s pro-photographer style shutter button only makes this case better.
Trek Madone 9.9
Trek 3D printed well over 100 parts, as well as complete mock ups, of the Madone 9.9 over the course of more than two years to make sure that every tiny detail worked together flawlessly. The painstaking attention to geometry shines in this lightning fast, 15.2-pound race bike.