3D printed shoes

This laser-sintered 3D-printed shoe, by Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf, was displayed at Stockholm's Fashion Week. If only it was made out of the kind of milk-based bioplastic that smells like rice pudding, well, shiny shiny shiny pumps of dairy!

The Melonia Shoe: A world's first? Wearable 3D printed footwear (via Make)


  1. Milk pumps! For the Korova Milkbar! Those should sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence

    1. 3D printing can create assemblies that are made assembled. The benefit comes because it deposits rather than removes material.

    2. The advantage of 3d printing is that it’s really, really neat.

      Plus thinking long term, the average household can do more with a 3d printer than a CNC milling machine. This is more of a “proof of concept” for future of distributed manufacturing.

  2. @#3

    One advantage would be that with milling, a shoe like that would be wasting a lot of stock. A second would be that 3D printing can produce hollow forms and double-walls, etc.

  3. That girl has a nice smile, it’s a shame she has probably died from jaundice by the time we see this.

  4. The VU reference would be to this ditty:

    Although like the name of the band, these lyrics may be lifted. Lifted up from the underground.

  5. @4 An advantage milling has over SLS is that SLS parts tend to have bad fatigue problems. Heat is generated in the part from elastic deformation, because plastic is fairly insulative it builds up, because the plastic heats up it creeps easier and over time the shoe breaks. Though this was just something one of my professors said was a problem 10 years ago, hopefully it’s been resolved by now…

    This shoe design might dissipate the heat fast enough so it might not be a problem…

  6. Once 3d printers are in my price range, and compatible with blender, I am getting one. Super Sculpey is fun. But blender is so much easier in many ways.

  7. Kudos to them! I was just speaking with a friend two days ago about doing this very thing. So, as a designer, I’m a little jealous they got there first. ;) As a retifist, I WANT.

    I have access to a wee cupcake printer, but the laser-sintering process gives such lovely results.

  8. SLS will eventually be in our houses. The last CNC I operated ws the size of my house. (I know they make ’em smaller now.) In a few years when SLS gets to be the size of my fridge (it’s only double that now) and the price goes down, (only $100k now) I’ll be able to download that shoe. From a knock-off designer in China. For two dollars plus the negligible cost of goo.

  9. Barbie has been printing her shoes in 3D for years.
    But she doesn’t have to be worry about her weight collapsing it.
    Note that there is hardly a printing material that can actually be used as a real world shoe, so you essentially are making a pattern to be cast or copies in to a final product. Otherwise this is all just conceptual art. As conceptual art, it’s just ok.

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