Goldstein said that Stratasys’ state-of-the-art 3D printing technology offers endless possibilities for her designs and allows her to print any design at the voxel level in attractive colours and a range of materials in a single print. 3D printing has made its mark to allow artists and designers to unleash their creativity ranging from 3D printed watches to glasses. Armed with the knowledge of 3D printing that she gained while working with Stratasys, Goldstein mentioned that 3D printing is becoming an integral part of design thanks to the unique design freedom achievable.
The 3D printed woven shoe is part of Goldstein’s project ‘Between the Layers’, which also features other 3D printed products — 7 clothing items and 6 shoes. For the Stratasys project, Goldstein combined Stratasys’ Connex3 multi-material 3D printer and GrabCAD software with the ‘ikat’ weaving technique which she acquired at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Goldstein explained that the ability to control any voxel for any pattern enabled her to design without boundaries and to combine 3D printing with traditional weaving techniques to create ultra-realistic shoes.
The shoes were showcased at the Arts of Fashion Foundation, Fashion Show 2018, held in San Francisco on 17 December. The 3D printed woven shoes will be exhibited at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich from 13-17 March 2019.
Naomi Kaempfer, Stratasys’ Creative Director of Art, Design and Fashion commented that there was immense interest from the fashion industry regarding the vast opportunities for customization that 3D printing offers. Stratasys encouraged designers to take advantage of the possibilities to create avant-garde, personalized designs quickly, cost-effectively and without traditional design boundaries.