Footwear from Frickin’ Lasers: 3-D Printed Shoes

For her master’s thesis at ArtEZ in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Pauline Van Dongen turned to laser sintered nylon for her material and process of choice. While not immediately practical (these machines cost $5000 and up and rapid prototypes, for now, are still kinda expensive), it makes perfect sense: think about how you could custom-manufacture shoes for customers.

The shoes, called Metamorphosis, were recently exhibited in a show in Amsterdam called “The Future of Fashion,” organized by Freedom of Creation, a Dutch company that specializes in 3-D printed design. (So, there’s the connection to the rapid prototyping.)

Also, check out the detail in the heel: That’s an articulating feature that gives some cushion to the stiff material. Check this link for more images.

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