Cubify creates 3D printed shoes

3D printing was all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that I attended this month. One stand-out was Cubify's consumer-targeted desktop printer called Cube that is cheap enough for home use (retails for around $1200).

Imagine the ability to download any product data, modify it how you want to, and print it right there at home. They even have a community set up of designers and experts to help you "express yourself in 3D" and achieve what you imagine. Cubify had a lot of examples of the types of products that could be printed using their printers including an incredibly flexible mesh that they printed as a glove that was so soft to wear it almost took on fabric qualities.

My favorite were the full scale women's shoes that just happened to be my exact size. So of course I tried them on. Hot off the printer with virtually zero touch-ups or assembly, these heels held my weight and were actually quite comfortable (well, as comfortable as 4-inch heels can get). One pair even included a slidable compartment to store your phone (although, I'm still not sure how I would answer it even with a blue tooth headset). Here's a look at the 3D-printed footwear in action. This video was taken by the folks at Cubify at their booth that they generously shared with me. Thanks Cubify!

Info on 3D printing: 2012 Consumer Electronics Show: Images and more info at The Verge and Gizmodo

3D printed footwear

[gallery] Designer Marloes ten Bhömer is focusing on mechanical couture through a series of beautiful 3D printed footwear called Rapidprototypedshoe. They are "built using an additive manufacturing technology in which successive layers of a photopolymer material is UV cured. The concept of the shoe is based on the idea of the absence of assembly work in Rapid Manufacturing, however the shoe is designed in such a way, that it can be dismantled for the purpose of replacing parts. The different material properties within the shoe are created by constructing/layering the material in microscopic structures from two different materials. A myriad of different material properties can be created using this method."

Continue reading at Bhömer's site. Images from Bhömer's site.