This project is focused on developing a range of design concepts for printable footwear. The idea is to build a consumer based system, which reduces labor for manufacturing and provides ease of access to new products for consumers.

Experts predict that everyone will have a 3D printer at home in the near future and people will be able to design and make objects on their own (Dale Nicholls 2014).

Currently the 3D printing technology is not developed enough for non-designer use. By developing a range of stylish footwear design concepts, the production process would speed up and the costs of production would be reduced. This idea will allow everyone to use prepared designs and print usable products on their personal 3D printers.

This footwear will be designed in a way that lets a regular 3D printer make it without fail. In addition, the final CAD files of products will be accessible to 3D printer owners.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Three-dimensional printing; Shoes--Design

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Kim Sherman


Physical copy available from Rochester Institute of Technology's Wallace Library at TS171.95 .G46 2015


RIT – Main Campus

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