Performance Footwear Transforms Athletes

3D Technology Unlocks Secrets to Improve Biomechanics

Over the last few decades, technological advancements in sport have been moving the benchmark of human limitations. Some ways are easy to understand: fiberglass poles became more flexible allowing vaulters to reach new heights; replacing wooden tennis rackets with ones made of fiberglass and graphite improved accuracy; swimming bodysuits were developed to reduce drag.

But while these advances may have been game changing at the time, a new era of technology has arrived that seeks to lift the lid off the secrets to our biomechanics and help push both professional and amateur athletes to greater heights.

In every sport, and at every level, companies are now supplying equipment, clothing and gadgets in a bid to revolutionize the way professionals and amateurs train, compete and recuperate.

Dassault Systèmes developed a series of materials to explore how technology is helping both professional and everyday athletes race towards perfection. Click on each asset below to learn more.

Video: Racing Towards Advantage in Performance Footwear

Article: Dawn of the Super Athlete

Over the last few decades, technological advancements in sport have been moving the benchmark of human limitations. Some of them, like the examples above, are easy to understand: the poles became more flexible; the rackets helped accuracy; and the suits reduced drag — so much so that they were later banned.

» Read the article "Dawn of the super Athlete" (PDF)

 

 

I can imagine in three to five years that before shopping we will visit a booth that scans our feet and other body parts. Then we can take the scan to our favorite sports outlet who will be able to design equipment, clothing and footwear to our specifications.

Susan Olivier Vice President of Consumer Goods and Retail at Dassault Systèmes

Blog: Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

In every sport, and at every level, companies are now supplying equipment, clothing and gadgets in a bid to revolutionize the way professionals and amateurs train, compete and recuperate. [...]

While it is already possible to go online or into a shop to choose the color and design of shoes, 3D modeling and printing technology is now being used to mold and shape footwear for customers to create the definitive personalized design.

» Read the blogpost

Infographic: Is this the Future of Footwear?

NOTE: The video, infographic and article were first published as an Advertisement Feature on bbc.com running from 27th June 2014 to 5th September 2014, and were created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes.