3D Printed Footwear Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Technology (Filament Extrusion, Vat Polymerization, Powder Bed Fusion, Material Jetting), By Material (Filament Extrusion, Vat Polymerization, Powder Bed Fusion, Material Jetting), By Application (Insole, Midsole, Uppers), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

  • Published : Mar 2022
  • Report Code : KSI061612136
  • Pages : 128

The 3D printed footwear market is projected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 21.77% to grow to US$3,296.967 million by 2027, from US$830.630 million in 2020.

Using 3D printing for footwear prototyping, any footwear professional can create a test shoe before creating their final design, which has been around for a while now. However, the technological revolution has enabled additive manufacturing to become cost-effective and productive enough to produce mass quantities of accessible shoes. In the future, 3D-printed footwear could become one of the most popular consumer products. Two predominant trends will drive this evolution: first, the increasingly personalized product demand by consumers, and second, the growing importance of digital manufacturing. Many leading companies have already invested in 3D printing technologies. The market is already dominated by companies like Nike, Reebok, and ECCO. Using Carbon's CLIP technology, Adidas produced 100,000 3D-printed pairs of shoes called Futurecraft 4D in 2018. In 2019, ECCO released its QUANT-U service, through which customers can customize their footwear using this technology. Using 3D scans, available in the company's stores, 3D printed midsoles can be made that are perfectly adapted to the wearer's feet. Such major developments will continue boosting the market growth. 

Fashion designers can unleash their creativity using additive manufacturing: the collection is unique, customized, and surprising thanks to its shapes and geometries. Looking closer at the footwear market, it is clear that 3D printing has its place. It presents unique opportunities in footwear engineering, enabling shoe manufacturers to produce new shoe designs and meet growing customization demands. 

Growth Factors:

  • Growing demand for customized footwear

In today's consumer landscape, consumers are looking for customized, personalized services. On the other hand, 3D printing offers companies a new level of customization by allowing them to design shoes specifically tailored for their wearers. While the potential for mass-customized footwear is just beginning to be explored, footwear companies are just beginning to make preparations for offering custom footwear on a widespread basis. The use of 3D printing technologies in footwear production will improve as more brands become bolder with it. Among the pioneers in 3D printing in the footwear industry is Adidas, the German sportswear giant. In recent years, 3D printed footwear lines like Futurecraft 4D, AlphaEdge 4D, 4D Run 1.0, and many others have been successfully launched with a strong focus on personalized footwear. Additionally, an orthopedic footwear customization tool is now available through PROTIQ's online 3D model marketplace. A new web application created by the company allows shoemakers to generate bespoke shoe templates based on customer foot scans. As soon as an order is placed, PROTIQ SLS 3D generates TPU-printed shoes, which are shipped out faster and more efficiently than traditional wood-based footwear. A unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole that can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot is also included in Adidas’s Futurecraft 3D.

  • Growing adoption of digital manufacturing

A second important factor driving footwear 3D printing adoption is digitization and automation. Shoemaking is a labor-intensive, multi-step process, and most production is still done by hand. Creating a finished pair of shoes requires specialized equipment and workers. As a result, footwear companies are always seeking ways to optimize their production processes. A few shoe components can be produced seamlessly using 3D printing, which allows shoe companies to streamline production. To create a part using 3D printing, no additional tooling is needed, unlike traditional manufacturing processes. As a result, specialized software applications would set printed speed and part orientation parameters on a build platform after creating a digital model.

Additionally, companies have already started using it. In a partnership with fashion designer Heron Preston, the bootmaker Zellerfeld is set to additionally manufacture a unique sneaker line to reshape the entire shoe industry.

The 'HERON01' slip-on shoe features a seamless, circular design that eliminates stitches and adhesives. This allows the shoe to be fully recycled after its use. The PROTIQ team collaborated with orthopedic specialists to develop material for 3D printing orthopedic shoes. It is made of a TPU polymer, which according to the company provides the same properties as wood while being extremely lightweight and elastic. Thus, the demand for digital manufacturing drives the market growth for 3D printing footwear.


  • Limited resources and weak outcome

Although some companies are beginning to claim that they can 3D print in rubber, the materials that can be printed with 3D printers are still limited. If models cannot be printed using materials that resemble EVA, TPR, PU, etc., then print soles would be used mainly for specialized footwear or for visual confirmation, rather than for general performance. Furthermore, a viable upper will still take time to print. The ability to 3D print rubber or something similar to it could be a reality in the near future. Currently, 3D-printed parts are weaker than conventionally manufactured parts due to the layer-by-layer process employed to create them. As a result of current production methods, a sole's mass will be equally strong throughout, while a sole made from 3D printing will be much weaker. These factors may hinder market growth.

COVID-19 Impact on 3D Printed Footwear Market

Several manufacturing units of the end-users have slowed production in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, affecting the 3D printing footwear supply chain. As the markets that were affected by coronavirus are geographically located where it has the most impact, the 3D printed footwear market has been slightly impacted by COVID-19. The outbreak negatively impacted the 3D-printed footwear supply chain as the demand was low and production slowed in many factories.

3D Printed Footwear Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2020  US$830.630 million
 Market Size Value in 2027  US$3,296.967 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 21.77% from 2020 to 2027
 Base Year  2020
 Forecast Period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments Covered  Technology, Material, Application, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered 3D Systems Inc., Javelin Technologies Inc., Prodways Group, BASF, Zellerfield Shoe Company, Voxeljet, Adidas AG, Nike Inc.
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Technology
    • Filament Extrusion
    • Vat Polymerization
    • Powder Bed Fusion
    • Material Jetting
  • By Material
    • Polyurethane
    • Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
  • By Application
    • Insole
    • Midsole
    • Uppers
  • By Geography
    • Americas
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Others
    • EMEA
      • France
      • Germany
      • UK
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • South Korea
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The 3D printed footwear market is expected to reach a total market size of US$3,296.967 million in 2027.
3D Printed Footwear Market was valued at US$830.630 million in 2020.
The global 3D printed footwear market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.77% during the forecast period.
Growing demand for customized footwear is the major factor driving the 3D printed footwear market growth.
The 3D printed footwear market has been segmented by technology, material, application, and geography.
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. Filament Extrusion
5.3. Vat Polymerization
5.4. Powder Bed Fusion
5.5. Material Jetting

6.1. Introdcution
6.2. Polyurethane
6.3. Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

7.1. Introduction
7.2. Insole
7.3. Midsole
7.4. Uppers

8.1. Introduction
8.2. Americas
8.2.1. USA
8.2.2. Canada
8.2.3. Others
8.3. EMEA
8.3.1. Germany
8.3.2. France
8.3.3. UK
8.3.4. Others
8.4. Asia Pacific
8.4.1. China
8.4.2. Japan
8.4.3. South Korea
8.4.4. Others

9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

10.1. 3D Systems Inc.
10.2. Javelin Technologies Inc.
10.3. Prodways Group
10.4. BASF
10.5. Zellerfield Shoe Company
10.6. Voxeljet
10.7. Adidas AG
10.8. Nike Inc.

3D Systems Inc.

Javelin Technologies Inc.

Prodways Group


Zellerfield Shoe Company


Adidas AG

Nike Inc.