This particular material, created by Vito Loverre, uses FDM (fused deposition modelling) that prints a flexible layer of material directly onto a textile to enhance certain areas of a shoe’s upper. It goes without saying that this could have tremendous functional applications in athletic footwear in the future.
Functional aspects aside, they also believe this could be used as a purely fashion/aesthetic based feature, offering up an interesting new way of dressing up bags, clothing and of course, shoes.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Matthew Vinod of BIC while I was out in Hong Kong last week during my Concept to Creation course, and from what I heard, BIC is a studio that I’d recommend everyone to keep a close eye on.
Below you can get a look at some of their latest creation, as well as a glimpse at their 3D printed sole that’s currently in development. I’m excited to see what these two come up with in the near future.
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