3D Printer Shoes

Need a Killer Pair of Bespoke Shoes in a Jiffy? Try a 3D Printer

by Bridgette Meinhold, 11/09/10

Custom shoes that cleave perfectly to your feet may be worth the wait, but if you’re the kind of person who thinks that same-day shipping isn’t soon enough, 13 weeks might as well be an eternity. If instant gratification is what you’re after, look to Marloes ten Bhömer, an experimental shoemaker who is using three-dimensional printing to reinvent the shoe—and the time it takes to make one. With the help of a mechanical engineer, the Dutch designer (and shoe-industry veteran) built her “Rapidprototypedshoe” by using a hot laser to sinter layers of polymer into the shape of a foot. Ecouterre

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