3D printed XYZ shoes by earl stewart 3D printed XYZ shoes by earl stewart
may 30, 2013

3D printed XYZ shoes by earl stewart

‘3D printed XYZ shoe’ by earl stewart



earl stewart investigates the utilization of rapid manufacturing techniques as a means of catering to all aspects of an individual, including what is on their feet. his ‘XYZ shoe project’ uses accurate 3D scanning in order to make a personalized pair of shoes. stewart worked together with a podiatrist to understand and enhance the biomechanical performance for the wearer, improving and offering maximum comfort, stability and foot alignment. each one is designed from 3D scans of the individual’s foot to ensure the right fit. the results are then sent to a multi material 3D printer which translates the scans into a seamless object, made from a composition of different mediums that offer flexibility and support.




the shoes are customised for the individual their form based on scans from their feet



flex test



final composition



the 3D printed shoe draws its aesthetic from nature



close up



the shoe is flexible and moulds to the wearer’s foot



3D printed iterations



break down of the shoe’s assembly



the technologies employed are 3D scanning and printing



merging the technological with the biological





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  • I WANT!!!

    Ernesto Maurice Corpus says:
  • Please, oh please, this needs to be a thing.
    I need these.

    Carly - F3 Design says:
  • As both a practising podiatrist and practising artist, I have found this design very interesting.
    One big problem I find my patients have, particularly the older generation, is that the subcutaneous fibro fatty padding that covers the metatarsal phalageal joints displaces. This exposes the heads of the joints which makes getting around painful. More often than not because of corn and callous build up. I wondered if the design could be adapted to be able to provide a made – to – measure inner sock to be worn inside the shoe to provide cushioning??

    Marc Rosenfeld says:

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