DNA 3D printed shoe concept by pensar DNA 3D printed shoe concept by pensar
may 23, 2013

DNA 3D printed shoe concept by pensar

DNA 3D printed shoe conceptall images courtesy pensar



the DNA concept by seattle-based pensar studio leverages 3d printing to create a shoe adapting not only to a users foot contour, but also to help improve foot dexterity. by pairing data acquisition, user behavior, and rapid prototyping, the system manifests a new method of mass-tailored products. the footwear concept responds to a future where trainers outfitted with pressure sensors and accelerometers. users can bring them back to the store, upload the data and a series of algorithms develops a shoe that fits the way your body moves. after a computer crunches the data – one can modify the aesthetics – and the 3d printer instantaneously begins to build the customized shoe.



form, color, texture, and opacity can be modified



as processing dives form, shoe aesthetics become more abstract



the future will be printed



shoes should be built for the way you move



finding the right pair is a pain


there is an alternative


capturing data is the first step


algorithms and processing do the heavy lifting



the shoes are built in front of the customer


the customer is delivered a shoe custom built for their body and movement


business benefits as well



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  • Another example of both an ingenious and practical application made possible by 3D printing.

    Alexander K says:
  • wow, all this without any actual 3D rendering in the presentation.

    pushstick says:
  • Ha! Great point, pushstick. This presentation was developed as a pitch to a larger organization to talk more about the user workflow and business opportunity, rather than the final implementation. The development of the algorithms and the backend of this system would be a HUGE undertaking, one that we would love to be apart of. Thanks for the feedback. -Alex + PENSAR

    Alex Diener says:
  • Excellent concept. Beautiful and functional design. Futurist outcome.

    mauro says:

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