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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3 Responses to “3D printed shoe based on bird’s skull”

  1. Paul Adams Says:

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

  2. Taylor Gilbert Says:

    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

  3. Vanessa Palsenbarg Says:

    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.