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|1. (WO2018222968) METHODS OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES UTILIZING FOAM PARTICLES|
|Applicants:||NIKE INNOVATE C.V.
|Title:||METHODS OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES UTILIZING FOAM PARTICLES|
Methods for manufacturing articles of footwear are provided. In various aspects, the methods comprise utilizing additive manufacturing methods with foam particles. In some aspects, the disclosed methods comprise selectively depositing a binding material on foam particles in a target area such that the binding material coats at least a portion of defining surfaces of the foam particles with the binding material. The binding material is then cured to affix foam particles in the target area to one another. In various aspects, the disclosed methods can be used to manufacturer articles with sub-regions that differential levels of affixing between the foam particles, and thereby resulting in sub-regions with different properties such as density, resilience, and/or flexural modulus. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present disclosure.