Wasp printer creates special gift for soccer legend Lionel Messi

Dec. 27, 2023
The plastic dodecahedron box, designed to evoke images of soccer balls, marks his eighth Ballon d'Or trophy award.

Adidas commissioned Italian 3D printer manufacturer Wasp to create a one-of-a-kind 3D printed shoebox for a custom-made pair of Adidas shoes as a special gift for Lionel Messi to celebrate his win of a prestigious soccer award. For the eighth time in his professional soccer career, Messi won the Ballon d’Or, a golden soccer ball statuette presented by French magazine France Football recognizing the world’s best soccer player. 

Wasp used its 4070 ZX printer to create the shoebox in the shape of a dodecahedron, resembling the look of a soccer ball, using nylon carbon. It took more than 200 hours of non-stop printing to create the four portions of the box, with top and bottom halves (joined by a hinge), the fitting platform for the shoes and a small cover for the top. After being printed and assembled in at Wasp's headquarters in Massa Lombarda, Italy, the shoebox was shipped to Adidas’ team. 

Adidas presented the custom-made gift to Messi directly following the 2023 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris. See video of Wasp assembling the special shoebox here.