Cubify launches free-to-download shoes
you can "print overnight"

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News: designer Janne Kyttanen has created a range of 3D-printed shoes for women that can be made at home overnight to be worn the next day.

Kyttanen, creative director at printing giant 3D Systems, has created four different styles of wedge shoes that can be made using 3D Systems' CubeX printer.

3D printed shoes by Janne Kyttanen for Cubify

Consumers can download the free digital files for the shoes, select the size they require and print them in a colour of their choice.

3D printed shoes by Janne Kyttanen for Cubify

The project is intended to attract new audiences to 3D printing, which has tended to be dominated by products aimed at men.

"I don't know what it is with women and shoes, but I like it," said Kyttanen, in a press release straight out of Mad Men. "I would like it even better if my girlfriend could wear a different pair every single day. Today this is a reality. Women can print this first collection of shoes overnight and wake up every morning to a new pair."

Each shoe takes upwards of six or seven hours to print, meaning a pair could be produced overnight, assuming two shoes could be printed simultaneously on one printer.

The digital files contain data for sizes 35 to 40 and customers can choose between the Macedonia style, which is riddled with holes, the Facet style, Leaf style and plain vanilla Classic style. Further size and customisation options will be added in future.

Kyttanen, founder of Amsterdam design studio Freedom of Creation and a pioneer of designing for 3D printers, told Dezeen last year that his goal was to create products that consumers could print at home as an alternative to going shopping. "Why go buy something when you could just make your own things?” he said.

"Janne is taking the convenience of online shopping to a whole new level," says 3D Systems. "There is no longer a need to spend hours in department stores looking for the perfect shoes to match that party dress. And if you want to get in the fashion design game yourself Janne has created the Class Shoes as a basic file you can add your own style to."

Kyttanen is also working on 3D printed food. "Food is the next frontier," he told us earlier this year. "One day we will be able to 3D-print a hamburger."

Read more about 3D printing in our Print Shift magazine.

  • bored

    Is every piece of crap that’s 3D-printed worth showing on Dezeen? If it’s revolutionary okay (in this case it could be a shoe that is customised for my feet) but this is just another file of a shoe… and advertising. That’s all. You could also find it on turbosquid.com.

  • Ruta

    It’s depressing how many badly designed objects are going to be around us. Why reuse, print another one!

  • Dezeen reader

    Oh boy, I can’t wait to wear shoes made from hard, brittle plastic. Ridiculous.

  • none

    You forgot to mention that the upper part of the shoe is stiff and solid. Women get blisters from normal, soft shoes. I wonder how putting your feet in a solid cast is comfortable? You can test it by walking over a knife.

  • The Big D

    3D printing: revolutionising landfill :)

  • Julia

    Boring. Why so unergonomic?

  • Cray

    “I would like it even better if my girlfriend could wear a different pair every single day. Today this is a reality. Women can print this first collection of shoes overnight and wake up every morning to a new pair.”

    So I guess this is the dark side of the third industrial revolution – on the one hand we can extend product lifespans and minimise obsolescence through customisation and repair; or we can have our own domestic tech-sweatshop churning out another novelty every morning.

    Hopefully this concept of waking up to a new pair of shoes will go the same way as the Teasmaid.

  • Roy.A

    I like the idea, it’s amazing. It shows new windows opening to fashion markets. Some people are defensive about any new products and ideas when they are very new to them, but every facility we have now and seems normal to us wasn’t normal when it was first produced!

    Of course it will take some time to get to its perfection, so welcome this new machine. As a shoe lover I can’t wait to have one of them. Good job.

  • Abe

    Another marketing fail for 3D Systems.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/larryphilipmonster Larry Phiip Monster

    The project is about attracting new audiences for 3D printing, as the article stated. The idea behind it is of value as this project shows the potential of what additive manufacturing is capable of in the near future and how 3D printed products can impact the experience of retail space and choices for consumers, let alone the whole value chain from producer to consumer and the opportunities for upcoming businesses.

    This article is of value as it introduces the concept of 3D printing to consumers in an intriguing way. Next step is to provide value to consumers in a meaningful way in the context of their daily lives.

    In short, as Roy A stated, good job.

  • Bla

    I never feel a sense of awe with 3D printed objects, probably because everything is possible. We know that, so are we even ever surprised by it? And shouldn’t design somehow be more than just the thing? Many of the 3D printed things are merely a result of the technique instead of a design actually using the technique to surprise.

  • EffNorwood

    This is absolutely incredible. If all you can see is a pair of shoes, I think you are intergalactically missing the point. I’m so excited that I’m buying a printer just so I can print a pair and learn more about this exciting new technology.

    • Roy.A

      This is what I am thinking EffNorwood, I can’t wait to have one of these machine and every morning try the new pair of shoes that I have designed, so awesome :)

  • MarioBeto

    The white ones looks like Crocs!

  • dude

    ok great! now somebody please make biodegradable plastic refills for this thing. Otherwise the floating island of plastic the size of Texas will become a continent. Seriously, green makes everything perfect!

  • Nib

    3D printing is revisiting foot binding for the 21st Century!

  • kin

    Does anyone know what kind of fabric the girl holding the white shoe is wearing?

    • beebop

      It’s some sort of plastic woven in a chain mail pattern, doesn’t look any more comfortable than the shoes.

  • beebop

    They just need to make some customisable insoles. What’s available is garbage. Also I have to agree with the response to the plastic. I saw a guy who made his from plastic bags and that was awesome. It needs to be non-toxic and fully recyclable. Maybe something made from corn silk?

  • thatgirlinnewyork

    The faceted ones are a wee bit too much like these:
    http://www.unitednude.com/lo-res-pump-cherry-rubber-1619