Reinventing Shoes 2011
Exploring advanced 3D-printing techniques
In 2011, Objet Geometries set about collaborating with 2 departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven University (DAE) on a student project touching on 3D-printing and Shoe Design. Specifically, the students of DAE were asked to test the boundaries of the Objet Connex Polyjet Matrix technology, using a combination of rigid and rubber-like materials to design their ultimate shoe. The project wat stretched over a six-month period. During that time students were provided with lectures on 3D-printing and Objet and how to prepare a printable 3D CAD file. Consultation with Objet staff members (including on-site training) was provided to DAE throughout this period. The outcome was phenomenal. The students of DAE designed over 30 shoes of various kinds. The shoes varied in purpose, design and fashion, stretching the boundaries of the conventional shoe design. With the ability to design a product without phasing manufacturing limitations, the students have the freedom to print what he/she designed right out of the printer.
All 30 shoes are featured in the book Reinventing Shoes.