Aug. 31, 2014

3D printing has spread across the world into the personal wear industry. Quite a few shoe designers enjoy incorporating 3D printing into their designs and have developed numerous stunning footwear.

Apparently, 3D printed footwear will also dazzle hundreds of thousands of visitors who flock to New Jersey's Atlantic City boardwalk to participate in the events of the Miss America Parade this year. A longtime Atlantic City tradition, spectators line up on the boardwalk for a chance to see the contestants as they cheer "Show us your shoes!"

The competition will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in its New Jersey birthplace, Atlantic City and will be filled with city-wide events, including the much anticipated Miss America "Show Us Your Shoes Parade". The Parade will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 13th.

This year, the Parade will showcase floats, bands, dignitaries, military heroes, celebrities, youth groups, special units, our Forever Miss Americas and, of course, the stars of the parade - the 53 State & Territory contestants showing off their fabulously festive shoes and costumes as they ride past the thousands of cheering fans.

One special contestant this year is the "Miss Georgia" Maggie Bridges, a student at Georgia Tech who will present a pair of 3D printed footwear.

In the past decades, the contestants of "Show Us Your Shoes Parade" have transformed the parade with elaborate shoes often designed to show personality and pride. This year three Georgia Tech industrial design students answered the challenge and engineered a uniquely Georgia Tech shoe for Maggie Bridges to wear using laser cutting and 3D printing technology.

Created by Maren Sonne, Jordan Thomas and Julia Brooks, the design of the shoes is based on the Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech, the 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe that serves as the official mascot of the student body at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The students used a laser cutter to produce a finely detailed grill almost identical to to the front of Tech's beloved Model A Sport Coupe. The headlights, the tires which complete with tread detail were all created on a 3D printer.

"To say my shoes are perfect for the Miss America #ShowUsYourShoes parade is a mild understatement." wrote Bridges. "My design team of #industrialdesign students knocked this out of the park. Through #3Dprinting and #lasercutting technology, these @georgiatech students created a work of art that I have the privilege of wearing on September 13th in #AtlanticCity!"

Miss Georgia, Maggie Bridges, will wear the 3D printed shoes in the Miss America parade to be held on September 13 in Atlantic City. The live broadcast of the finals will air on ABC Sunday, September 14th. Tickets can be purchased here if you will be in the area to join the parade.

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