3D printing is touted as the next revolution that could fundamentally change the way we make and experience everything from tools to household decor. Now that fashion designers have discovered how 3D printers allow them to create items impossibe to fabricate on ordinary industrial assembly lines, we are starting to see wildly inventive creations such as these shoes that popped up on the Paris runways. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen teamed up with famed architect and designer Rem Koolhaus to create shoes based on the intricate twining roots seen in growing plants.
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Excerpt: "Summer in Paris promises to be hot, both in temperature and in fashion! Top designers have gathered from around the world for Paris Fashion Week; featured among them is Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Six months ago, van Herpen together with Professor Neri Oxman, designed and presented on the Paris catwalks a Stratasys multi-material 3D printed dress.
Van Herpen’s new collection is called “Wilderness Embodied” and features 3D printed shoes designed by Dutch architect and shoe designer Rem D Koolhaas (creative director of the shoe company United Nude). The shoes are 3D printed with the multi-material Stratasys Objet Connex and Objet Eden 3D Printers.
Van Herpen and D Koolhaas based their creation on tree roots growing together. 'Collaborating with Stratasys and their 3D printing technology enabled us to build the intricate, intertwining root-like parts of the shoes, mimicking the twisting and turning of tree roots growing over the foot,' van Herpen explained. 'This would simply not have been possible with any other manufacturing technology.'
The fine detail expressed on the shoes, mimicking the natural world, was possible thanks to the 16-micron 3D printing layers available with the Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology. Stratasys rigid black (VeroBlack) and white (VeroWhite) opaque materials provided the perfect balance of strength, comfort and beauty."