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From Design to Functional Shoe in Under a Day!

Marloes ten Bhömer is a critically acclaimed designer producing shoes that are both provocative and otherworldly. Her work is a unique fusion of art and technological experimentation. Ten Bhömer’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and she gives lectures about her work worldwide. She takes on challenging commissions from galleries and private clients.

This particularly unique design was rapidly turned into a wearable shoe prototype using the Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printing System. 

Printed in a single 22 hour take, this shoe is built up from 16 micron layers that combine two very different Objet materials – the rubber-like Objet TangoBlackPlus material and the rigid Objet VeroBlack material. The combination of the two materials allows the shoe to be both strong and flexible enough to snuggly fit a real foot.

The multi-material capability displayed in this shoe application is unique to Objet in the 3D printing space and is a perfect demonstration of what I like to call ‘true product realism’  – the ability to simulate the true look, feel and function of a complex product made of assembled material parts.

Other footwear designers using Objet technology to build and test their latest shoe designs include adidas AG. Read their story here.

The end result is that the shoe looks and functions like a real shoe. And no you can’t buy these shoes yet! You can read more about this rapidly prototyped shoe on the Vice Style fashion site


Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green is Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions at Stratasys.

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