Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite Football Cleat

Last year, Nike got ahead of the rest of the footwear world as the first company to release a shoe with 3D printed components. The production of the Vapor Laser Talon didn’t simply use 3D printing for prototyping purposes, but incorporated a 3D printed plate into the final product. This year, the company is making headlines again with their updated football cleat, the Vapor Carbon Elite, which will make its debut at Super Bowl XLVIII. The Carbon Elite, therefore, would need to increase the speed and traction for linebackers, running backs and quarterbacks, regardless of their direction of movement. Like the Laser Talon, the design of the Carbon Elite was focused on the “zero step” of a player, the moment at which a player begins moving. The goal was to reduce the slippage that may occur during the zero step as much as possible.