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Nike is looking for ways to reduce the amount of material and labor needed to make high-performance, customized footwear and speed the delivery of its products to all kinds of athletes. Laser-cutting could scale down the amount of equipment needed to create the 20 to 30 parts of a typical shoe. However, Laser-cutting always leaves burnt edges on soft fabrics.
Engineers and chemists at Flex, a supply chain innovator specializing in manufacturing and computer hardware, invented a process whereby any material, soft or hard, can be neatly laser-cut into whatever pattern is needed, when it's needed, right on the factory floor. Solution Assessment - Type: IoT - Maturity: Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for <2 years)