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Stratasys unveils new 3D printed woven shoes designed by fast-rising fashion design graduate Ganit Goldstein

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3D printed shoes feature within ‘Arts of Fashion Foundation’ 2018 Fashion show, at the San Francisco Asian Art museum, California, on the 17th December 2018

Leading 3D printing manufacturer, Stratasys is excited to unveil a new series of unique 3D printed woven shoes, designed in collaboration with promising Fashion Design Graduate, Ganit Goldstein. The Stratasys 3D printed shoes form part of Goldstein’s “Between the Layers” graduation collection, which consists of seven outfits and six pairs of shoes – all created using 3D printing. The vision behind the collection is high-end, made-to-measure, tailored haute couture fashion, which fuses cutting-edge 3D printing and scanning technologies with traditional design techniques.

3D printed ‘woven’ shoes, designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. Produced on a Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Printer

Goldstein’s inspiration for the collection derives from her experiences in Japan, learning a traditional weaving technique called ‘ikat’ at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Stratasys and Goldstein have worked closely over the past year to create three sets of shoes, using Stratasys multi-material 3D printing technology. The combination of ‘ikat’ and 3D printing has enabled truly intricate and customized designs.

“Stratasys’ advanced 3D printing technology has opened up endless possibilities for my designs, enabling me to print any design at the voxel level in vibrant colors and a range of materials – all in a single print,” says Goldstein. “This capability to control any voxel for any pattern has enabled me to design without boundaries and to combine 3D printing with traditional weaving techniques to create ultra-realistic shoes. For aspiring designers, the ability to fuse cutting-edge technology with traditional crafts is very exciting, unlocking the freedom to design without limitations of past years.”

Goldstein has been selected as a finalist of the ‘Arts of Fashion Foundation’ International Student Fashion Competition, the world’s largest competition for students working in the field of Fashion and Accessories. In line with the nomination, the 3D printed shoes were unveiled at the ‘Arts of Fashion Foundation’ 2018 Fashion show, which took place at the San Francisco Asian Art museum on 17th December 2019.

3D printed ‘woven’ shoes, designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. Produced on a Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Printer

“With the knowledge I’ve gained while working with Stratasys, I’ve come to realize that 3D printing is increasingly becoming an integral part of design thanks to the unique design freedom achievable,” explains Goldstein. “For me, the key to good design is to first get an understanding of the traditional design methods and foundations, and then explore how I can enhance the essence of the traditional method with new technology. Not only does 3D printing accelerate the design process and enable reduced production costs, it also affords designers total freedom of design.”

3D printed ‘woven’ shoes, designed by Ganit Goldstein in collaboration with Stratasys. Produced on a Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Printer

Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director of Art, Design and Fashion at Stratasys comments: “We were very pleased to support Ganit with this project and the finished shoes are another inspiring testament to what can be achieved with 3D printing, as we’ve seen in the various art and fashion projects we’ve worked on with world-renowned designers, such as Neri Oxman and ThreeASFOUR. Using the latest version of Stratasys’ GrabCAD software, we were able to seamlessly combine transparent materials at the voxel level and map in a single VRML file.”

“We’re seeing a great deal of interest from the fashion industry regarding the immense opportunities for customization that 3D printing is offering up. We urge designers to enjoy and take advantage of the possibilities afforded by the technology to create avant-garde, personalized designs quickly, cost-effectively and without traditional design boundaries. As this is still a relatively new domain, we need to really challenge ourselves to envision the next steps and to embrace this new design freedom in order to open up its true frontiers.”

To see the new 3D printed shoes, visit the ‘Arts of Fashion Foundation’ 2018 Fashion show, taking place at the San Francisco Asian Art museum on the 17th December 2018. The first set of shoes can also be seen at the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades, taking place in Munich, Germany from the 13th to 17th March 2019, as part of the international competition ‘TALENTE’ 2019.

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