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1. (WO2018222885) METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BI-AXIAL BRAIDED ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222885    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/035413
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: D04C 1/06
A43B 23/02
D04C 3/38
D04C 3/40
D04C 3/48
Applicants: NIKE INNOVATE C.V.
NIKE, INC.
Inventors: BRUCE, Robert M.
LEE, Eun Kyung
YOO, James Y.
ICHIKAWA, Chikao
Title: METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BI-AXIAL BRAIDED ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR
Abstract:
A method of manufacturing is provided, with an initial step of providing an automated braiding machine having a braid ring assembly and a plurality of spools associated with the braid ring assembly, each of the plurality of spools containing a strand of braiding material. When initially braiding the article of footwear, the spools on the braid ring assembly are in a first set of positions. Continuing, the article of footwear is braided beginning with a first end of the article of footwear with the spools on the braid ring assembly in the first set of positions. Upon reaching a transition point of the article of footwear, the spools on the braid ring assembly are positioned in a second set of positions. Finally, the article of footwear is braided from the transition point to the second end, with the spools on the braid ring assembly in the second set of positions.