Beaverton, OR, United States
Beaverton, OR, United States

Nike, Inc. is a major publicly traded clothing, footwear, sportswear, and equipment supplier based in the United States. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It is the world's leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$18.6 billion in its fiscal year 2008 . As of 2008, it employed more than 30,000 people worldwide. Wikipedia.


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Nike | Date: 2017-01-30

Various articles, such as footwear, apparel, athletic equipment, watchbands, and the like, and methods of forming those articles are presented. The articles are generally formed, in whole or in part, using rapid manufacturing techniques, such as laser sintering, stereolithography, solid deposition modeling, and the like. The use of rapid manufacturing allows for relatively economical and time efficient manufacture of customized articles. Portions of the articles may be manufactured using rapid manufacturing and those portions may be joined with portions formed using conventional, non-rapid manufacturing techniques. The methods may also include performing a scan of an appropriate body part of a user, such as a foot, in order to create a customized article of footwear for the user.


Patent
Nike | Date: 2017-01-30

An article of footwear has an auxetic sole structure formed from members surrounding apertures. The members may have a trapezoidal geometry. Adjoining members are hingedly connected, so that they can rotate with respect to each other in the plane of the sole structure. The rotation allows the auxetic sole structure to expand when tension is applied.


An article of footwear includes a sole structure with a midsole component and an inner sole component. The midsole component includes holes arranged in an auxetic configuration. The midsole component and the inner sole component may have a different density. The midsole component and the inner sole component may have a different compressibility.


An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear comprises: a sole structure including a bottom surface and a medial rotational traction element formed on the bottom surface of the sole structure, the medial rotational traction element comprising a plurality of stud elements extending out from the bottom surface, wherein the plurality of stud elements are arranged in an approximately circular grouping in a forefoot region on a medial side of the bottom surface.


A method for manufacturing an article of apparel from a singular knit component in disclosed. According to techniques described herein, multiple tubular knit components may be formed in succession, and as run of knit components, by a standard flat-knit machine. Thereafter, the knit components may be separate from each other, and portions of the knit components may be removed to transform each knit component into an article of apparel.


Patent
Nike | Date: 2017-03-01

An article of footwear (100) with a dynamic support system that controls arrays (150) of tiles (151) in the upper (110) of the footwear to adjust the level of support provided in different regions of the upper. Sensors in the sole (101) of the footwear and/or in the upper (110) of the footwear and optionally in an article worn by the wearer of the footwear measure the level of stress or other characteristics and provide input to one or more microprocessors that control motors (274, 277) located in the sole or in the upper of the footwear. When the motors are activated, they may compress or loosen arrays of tiles to adjust the stiffness of the upper in one or more regions of the upper.


Patent
Nike | Date: 2017-05-17

An article of footwear includes an upper member and a sole structure, with a sensor system connected to the sole structure. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensors that are configured for detecting forces exerted by a users foot on the sensor. Each sensor includes two electrodes that are in communication with a force sensitive resistive material. Additionally, the sensor system may be provided on an insert that may form a sole member of the article of footwear. The insert may include an airflow system that includes one or more air chambers in communication with one or more air reservoirs through air passages extending therebetween. The insert may also have a multi-layered structure, with the airflow system provided between the layers.


An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear comprises: a sole structure including a bottom surface and a traction element disposed on the bottom surface, wherein the traction element has a first ground-engaging face and a first cut step feature; and the first cut step lowers a portion of the first ground-engaging face closer to the bottom surface.


Patent
Nike | Date: 2017-05-17

A method of printing to an upper of an article of footwear is disclosed. The method comprises: placing the article of footwear onto a last portion of a holding assembly, the last portion including a first side portion and a second side portion connected via a bladder member; inflating the bladder member so that the last portion expands and causes the article of footwear to tilt on the last portion; flattening a side portion of the upper; and printing onto the side portion of the upper.


Patent
Nike | Date: 2017-05-17

An article of footwear, including a hightop hightop upper including a leg opening, wherein the hightop upper includes a foot insertion opening extending rearwardly and downwardly from a front portion of the leg opening to a heel area of the hightop upper, a closure system for releasably closing the foot insertion opening, and a sole structure engaged with the hightop upper.

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