3D Printing Shoes Are A Go

Muchaneta Kapfunde | @FashNerdEditor


Dutch designer Chris van den Elzen has teamed up with Judith van Vliet to create a new shoe collection called “EXCIDIUM”. The design was inspired by abandoned buildings that over time have become overpowered by natures with moss, erosion, fungi and oxidants. Van Den Elzen asked for help from Construction Studio Pelser-hartman and 3D printing specialist Peggy Bannenberg. Pelser-hartman helped with 3D scanning and Bannenberg 3D printed the models at iFabrica, an open workspace for makers in Amsterdam. The platform wedges are designed as one piece and printed with an Ultimaker 3d printer using ColorFabb’s WoodFill. The WoodFill is made from 20% recycle wood that is combined with polymer binders. In addition, the shoes also feature leather upper and a acrylic/copper heel insert, making it more comfortable to wear.