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Wearable Prints

Future bespoke  

spring 2016 

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.

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Inspirations 

 

CAD renderings for ideation & 3D printing

 

Material samples...

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. 

 
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First prints on mesh, becoming fabric 

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More experiments with geometry, flexibility/strength and surface textures...

Testing geometry for flex vs. structure 

Testing geometry for flex vs. structure 

Patterning 

Patterning 

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Finger print test, took to the last shape perfectly 

Finger print test, took to the last shape perfectly 

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Successful shaping due to type of print

Successful shaping due to type of print

Surface detailing 

Surface detailing 

 

(selected) Sole iterations & experiments...

First concepts of a moccasin construction print

First concepts of a moccasin construction print

First full sole print on fabric, with successful bond

First full sole print on fabric, with successful bond

More moccasin construction concepts

More moccasin construction concepts

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Bond with no side wall

Bond with no side wall

Flex area itterations 

Flex area itterations 

Discovered two filiments could be used in one print 

Discovered two filiments could be used in one print 

Testing flex and strength

Testing flex and strength


 
Print takes shape of shoe even before it is lasted!

Print takes shape of shoe even before it is lasted!

Sole design based on identified areas for flex, cousioning and support.

Sole design based on identified areas for flex, cousioning and support.

 

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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