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leather meets 3D printing in the bits shoe by earl stewart
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jun 04, 2013
leather meets 3D printing in the bits shoe by earl stewart


leather meets 3D printing in ‘the bits shoe’ by earl stewart

 

 

the ‘bits shoe’ by designer earl stewart explores the resurgent bespoke craftsmen of the past and the advanced digital movement created by emerging rapid manufacturing technologies, celebrating the benefits each of their processes offer – both handmade and mass produced. the footwear concept implements accurate three-dimensional scans of the feet to ensure a perfect fit, along with the added performance benefit of enhancing one’s bio-mechanical movement. parametrically designed to produce an aesthetic structure that flexes in certain directions for beneficial ankle movement, the shoe utilizes a laser cut leather upper that precisely drapes around the individuals foot based on 3D printed information. once laser cut, the component is hand sewn and processed according to traditional techniques then combined with the rapid-prototyped sole.

 

 


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