In this Instructable I will take you through the process I used to design, model, and print a sneaker. This was the final project for my Product Design class, and it took a long time and a lot of hard work. So this is not a weekend project, this will take you awhile. But the effort is totally worth it. The satisfaction you'll get from creating something from nothing, and then being able to put that something to use is unparalleled. I'm not going to go through every step I took to create my specific design, because I don't remember every step I took, and because the whole point of this is to design your own sneaker or shoe. Most of this work is on you. I will not teach you how to use the modeling software, but I will give you some tips. I'm here as a helpful guide along the way, giving tips and suggestions. I'm sharing my experience with the hope that you will be able to learn from it and build upon it. So, let's get started!

Step 1: Getting Started- What You'll Need

Here's a list of things you'll need to follow this instructable:

  • an old shoe similar to what you want to design
  • a plastic bag
  • plaster and all the materials necessary to make it
  • scrap strips of fabric
  • a camera or smartphone
  • a computer with a 3D modeling software, preferably 3DS Max
  • access to a 3D printer

I may have missed a few things but these are the essentials. If you're confused about the first four bullet points, just wait until the next step. It wall all become clear.

<p>Is there a printable version with memory foam? like printable memory foam or something?</p>
The future of shoes are going to be extremely simple just advanced sandals with more support like these
<p>Have you tried this with the flex material and actually worn it? I'm quite curious how your results were as far as how it holds up to abuse, the stress of flexing, etc. </p>
<p>I wasn't able to try it out with Ninjaflex for my sneaker, but I had classmates that used it and it's durable stuff.</p>

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