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1. (WO2018222968) METHODS OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES UTILIZING FOAM PARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222968    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/035561
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Jun 02 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A43B 13/04
A43B 13/18
B29D 35/12
B33Y 80/00
C08J 9/33
B29C 35/08
B29C 67/20
Applicants: NIKE INNOVATE C.V.
NIKE, INC.
Inventors: CONSTANTINOU, Jay
DOREMUS, Harleigh
FOLGAR, Luis
KVAMME, Brandon
SCHILLER, Denis
Title: METHODS OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES UTILIZING FOAM PARTICLES
Abstract:
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.