3D Printing and Shoes
Usually, having new shoes you need to “break in” because they hurt your feet (or dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them), while thanks to SLA LCD 3D printer, several shoe companies, including Nike, Feetz, and United Nude, are now using 3D Printing technology to give customers shoes that are custom made for them — in the store, on the spot.
What is 3D printing?
3D printers build things by depositing material, typically plastic or metal, layer by layer, until the prototype or final product is finished. When the design is downloaded into the printer, a laser creates a layer of material and fuses it. Then it adds another layer and fuses it… and then another and another… until the object is completed.
Perfect Fit between 3D Printing and Shoes
What makes 3D printed shoes so enticing for consumers is that the shoes are tailored for each person’s unique feet. In other words, the current shoe sizing system is limited to half-integer measurements (6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, etc.) and only taking into account how long someone’s feet are, however, a SLA LCD 3D Printer solves all this.