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3D printed shoes should marry old and new designs, says Delcam
2015/2/2 8:34:01 Source: footwearbiz Author: 点击率:

Software supplier Delcam Crispin says 3D printing's influence on the industry lies between "hype" and "the only future".

The company will demonstrate the potential of its ShoeMaker software by displaying hybrid shoes at the SIMAC exhibition in Milan, February 25 to 27.

The hybrid shoes feature a leather upper, with the sole and heel produced by 3D printing, bringing together traditional and new methods of shoemaking.

“The new materials and increased design freedom offered by 3D printing are expanding the creative opportunities for footwear designers,” said the UK-based company. “ Unhindered by the restrictions of conventional manufacturing, designers can let loose their creativity, paving the way for more projects in mass customisation and in meeting the most unusual and individual bespoke requests.”

“The situation with 3D printing is similar to that with many other technologies when they are first introduced,” explained Delcam’s Chris Lawrie. “There are advocates claiming that it is the only future for the industry and more conservative commentators that regard it as the latest bit of hype.

“The real position is, as always, between the two extremes, with many projects where 3D printing will be the only possible approach able to meet the complexity of the design and just as many where only traditional methods will produce cost-effective results. The hybrid shoe project is intended to show that the two approaches can be complementary, rather than having to be competitive.”

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