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Customizable 3D Printed Shoes from Polish Students

Design students from Poland created unique customizable 3D printed shoes and now plan to start their own business.

20 billion pairs of shoes are manufactured every year. One shoe can be composed of over 30 various materials, some of which are very hard or impossible to recycle. At the same time, up to 25 thousand liters of water is being used just to make one pair of shoes. For their graduation project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, design students Zuzanna Gronowicz and Barbara Motylinska decided to look for more eco-friendly shoe making tools that would also enable advanced product customization.

When designing their customizable 3D printed shoes, their main goal was to make them recyclable but fully functional. ZMorph multitool 3D printer was used to manufacture prototypes and plan the entire production pipeline.

Polish students developed their own method of 3D printing objects directly on wool and cotton. It enabled them to manufacture the whole shoe without gluing or sewing it together. At the same time, the textiles enable proper feet perspiration and are comfortable to wear.

A dedicated app will enable people to customize their own shoes, save their designs or order them online. Gronowicz and Motylinska continue to test and refine their idea for customizable 3D printed shoes and want to turn them into a business.

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