At present, 3D printing technology can be used in various fields of R & D and production environment, even the fashion world is no exception.
Designers and 3D printing technology
As we’ve seen in Virus Collection, 3D printing allows designers to create innovative clothes.But it doesn’t stop there, because it can also create shoes with amazing designs.
Taiwanese designer Zoe jia-yu Dai, for example, specialises in footwear and has created break 3D moulds, a line of shoes with 3D printing technology components.This technology enables designers to further improve the design structure.This is a whole new way to change the manufacturing process.It is easier to create organic structures using 3D printing than traditional manufacturing processes.
Obviously, this is a great way to prototype any shoe design.Some designers just focus on shoes.Melissa’s shoes are a good example of the design possibilities 3D printing offers.
Silvia Fado is a Spanish footwear designer who USES 3D printing and laser cutting for rapid prototyping.Inspired by engineering and architecture, Silvia Fado focuses on the look and style of shoes, but not only because she is interested in the movement of the body, the wearability of shoes and the comfort of shoes.She studies the aesthetic and functional value of footwear.
3D printed footwear: a great way to try out new manufacturing processes
As in other fields, 3D printing can be used to develop new manufacturing processes.It can provide more possibilities and opportunities for any company.For example: Feetz.This is an American start-up run by Lucy Beard.They specialize in custom-made shoes that are easy to wear and stylish.
They developed custom 3D printers using molten fiber manufacturing techniques and their own 3D printing materials.They want to rethink the entire manufacturing process to make it more sustainable.Feetz USES recycled and recyclable materials that do not contain water and reduce its carbon footprint by 60 percent.In addition, there is no material waste, because 3D printing can be customized to produce as many pairs of shoes as needed.
Sports shoes with 3D printing technology
Now you can use 3D printing technology to make customized sports shoes.In fact, the soles of sneakers are especially good for 3D printing.Branded footwear manufacturers are currently using 3D printing.For example, adidas, Nike, New Balance and Under Armour already have 3D printed athletic shoes.
3D printing could break the design limits of shoes with a new manufacturing model, creating new manufacturing methods and even making shoes or insoles to measure comfort.There are many reasons to make 3D printed shoes, and they may be further developed in the coming years!