This project started as a material exploration between 3D printing and fabric. It resulted in finding a way to bond two materials and create a pair of shoes that utilizes only basic 3D printing and patterning to create a sneaker in a single print.
CAD renderings for ideation & 3D printing
The iterative process was based on physical exploration in patterning and printing to create a structural, and flexible material for the uppers as well as a biometric based cushioned sole.
First prints on mesh, becoming fabric
More experiments with geometry, flexibility/strength and surface textures...
(selected) Sole iterations & experiments...
Ultimately, what the material research showed is that new technology blended with traditional construction techniques can create innovative and resourceful ways for making shoes in the future.
This process also allows for mass manufactures to offer more size and style customization because it eliminates many expensive parts used in the construction of uppers, molding soles and lasting.
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