3D printed shoe based on bird’s skull

Fashion meets biomimicry.

3D printed shoes seem to be becoming something of a trend recently. Biomimicry has been a growing trend in design for the last couple decades, so it’s probably inevitable that someone would combine the two methods. As inevitable as it may be in hindsight, it’s still a fascinating project.

This 3D printed shoe by Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and American architect Kostika Spaho adds an interesting twist; the form is based on the skull of a bird. The front of the shoe is the cranium, and the spike heel is the beak. The bone’s of birds are extremely lightweight, which helps the shoe achieve maximum strength with a minimum of material.

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I am curious what material the shoe is made out of?

The material does not appear to be mentioned, but to me it looks like laser sintered nylon like the Durable Plastic material from Ponoko Make: http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/show-material/237-3d-printed-durable-plastic

Vanessa Palsenbarg

According to i.materialise (I work for the parent company of that service), it is made in polyamide: http://i.materialise.com/gallery/biomimicry-shoe

So, yes, Taylor is correct and it is like the Durable Plastic material offered by Ponoko.

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