The Process: Nike Hyperdunk 2010 Z-Corp
Check out the Hyperdunk 2010's tooling Z-Corp 3D model.
words & images_Nick DePaula For several years now, Nike has been utilizing breakthrough 3D printing technology by Z-Corp as a way to quicken design and revision timelines. Before the technology was available, designers would often sumbit renderings and tech packs to their overseas counterparts at the factory, only to be forced to wait a few weeks for a mocked up sample to finally show up. Conveniently, a design can now be submitted to a Z-Corp 3D printer at the end of a work day, and by the very next morning, a resin-based model will be fully finished, with exact lines, precision and accuracy true to the designer's concept. The difference in time has been invaluable for designers, who can easily tweak a line or angle of a component based on the appearance of the Z-Corp model, without having to wait weeks at a time to view their latest project in more traditional sample form. Throughout the design process of the Hyperdunk 2010, Nike Basketball Designer Leo Chang worked often with Z-Corp models, like the very one pictured below, to finally craft and refine the shoe into its final look, stance and silhouette. Here we have a detailed look at a model that features just the shoe's tooling and external heel counter, offering up a glimpse into the footbed, where you'll notice divots lie ready to house embedded Zoom Air bags upon production. Take a close look at the outsole design as well, as this sample round included more flex grooves and exposed rubber along the heel and forefoot.