Sep 6, 2016 | By Tess

In recent years, 3D printing has really opened up the doors for possibility and creativity within the field of fashion design, as we’ve been impressed time and time again by stunning and boundary pushing 3D printed pieces made by innovative designers all over the world. The most recent collection that’s grabbed our attention is a fantastical 3D printed shoe collection that’s come all the way from Hong Kong as part of their annual Footwear Design Competition.

The annual contest, which was organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Footwear Ltd. (FFHK) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), is this year bringing together a number of local designers who will be given the chance to design and manufacture their footwear entries using Stratasys’s full-color, multi-material J750 3D printer. The contest collection, which features a number of absolutely stunning and marvelously colorful shoes, will be exhibited throughout the month of September at the Hong Kong APM and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Steven Au, the Vice President of FFHK, said of this year’s shoe submissions: “These shoe models are excellent samples of what we believe 3D printing is capable of, breaking the barrier to create complex designs that has previously challenged the technicality of hand-crafted footwear designs. Some of the designs could hardly be produced due to the inorganic and complex shapes. Now participants can be as imaginable as they want to with 3D printing.”

Of course, the vibrant and intricately detailed shoes were not made on any 3D printer, as they were manufactured using the Stratasys J750, a multi-color, multi-material 3D printer with a wide range of both colors (up to 360,000 of them) and materials. As you can see in the photos of the footwear, the designs are not limited by much within the bounds that they have to fit on a foot. The pair of boots, named God of Thunderbolt, for instance, feature electrifying details that would be sure to turn heads walking down the street.

"God of Thunderbolt"

Stratasys, a 3D printing company that has consistently offered its technical services and systems to the arts, was also excited to be a part of the project. As Fred Fischer, Channel Development and Field Operations Director of Stratasys Asia Pacific said, “We are excited to be part of the Footwear Design Competition with the FFHK. These designs are great examples of how 3D printing empowers designers and manufacturers to think out of the box for new design, prototyping or even production options. The possibilities with 3D printing are truly limitless, and we look forward to seeing and realizing more new ideas from the local market, hence revolutionizing how things are made.”

There is little doubt that these awesome 3D printed footwear designs will have an impact on Hong Kong’s local footwear market, as they could even have the potential to impact the international footwear design market. The question remains, however, would you wear these 3D printed shoe designs?



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I.AM.Magic wrote at 9/7/2016 9:13:05 AM:

Indeed some fine work.

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