Winter Proof Any Shoe - Using DIY Traction Spikes





Introduction: Winter Proof Any Shoe - Using DIY Traction Spikes

About: Born as a farmer, studied electronics ,working as a Consultant and a 3D printing enthusiast by night..

Winter Proof any Shoe using Traction Spikes made of a simple 3D printed part that you can use to prevent you from slipping on icy roads and pathways.Now you'll be able to confidently stand, walk, or run on just about any icy terrain.

Use the 3D printed part attached in step 2 with screws and Velcro to complete the build,which makes it easy to remove and store in your jacket pocket.

You can also use this with work shoes as shown in the picture above if you work outdoors most of the time..

My motivation for this 3D printed Traction Spikes part was a close call that i had a couple of days back, while walking on a icy walkway with my sneakers, to get to my car..

Step 1: Things You'll Need

3D printer

3D printerfilament - in my case i am using Orange/blue 1.75mm PLA

Laptop to download and send commands to print the stl file

Screw - 32x1/2 in

Screw driver

Plier to hold the 3D printed part

Velcro strap (width should be between 1.4 to 2 centimeters)

Step 2: 3D Print the Stl File

Download the 3D printing software that you printer supports, in my case i am using the Printrbot Simple Metal which use Repetier-Host as a software to

  • Slice the STL files attached, which basically means cutting the part into various layers
  • And send commands to the 3D printer while printing

Download the STL file attached and load it in your printer software and slice the file, based on your printer setting

  • Slicing the STL file should take about 2-3 mins
  • And the print time should be about 20 - 25 mins

Step 3: Add the Screws to the 3D Printed Part

Using a plier to hold the 3D printed part add the screws as shown in the picture, here you can also use machine screws, but ensure that they are of the specification 32x1/2 in

Based on your specific needs, experiment with the length of screws..

Step 4: Adding the Velcro Straps

Before cutting the piece of velcro take an approximate measurement by coiling the velcro strap around the shoe with the 3D printed part

Cut a piece of velcro , and string through the 3D printed part as shown in the picture above.

And you are good to go !, test the traction spikes as shown in the video above and use them on that cold wintery slippery day..

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    Wow! This is so cool. I love it!

    good thought for preventing ice skids!! I love the idea of being easily removable and adjustable strap makes it easy for any foot wear.

    This is fantastic! I've got a pair of things called Stabilicers that've served me very well during the very icy Eastern Washington winters. They work better than the more popular Yak Tracks because they have studs like these do, but they're so *expensive*!

    I'm definitely going to have to try making a set of these for myself once those eventually expire! Thanks a lot!

    How long does your print hold up?
    I think if I printed that with my printer, it would break on the first couple of steps.
    But, great idea!

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    The print has held up for about a
    week now and would have put atleast 2 miles on them, which included shoveling snow around
    my car and walking a to the super market and the starbuck’s a couple of times. When
    I first started designing the part the thickness was about 3.5 mm and used
    smaller machine screw and the part snapped after a couple of steps. After a
    couple of iteration I bumped thickness to 7.5mm and moved the screw holes
    around to come up with the final STL file.. For the print I used HATCHBOX
    1.75mm Orange and blue PLA ..

    So, a little thicker help..
    I have a Afinia Printer..
    Good luck!

    great use of a 3d printer, and making something to help prevent injury.

    great Idea, I like that is removable. will come very handy when u are cleaning your driveway and the snow has become hard and icy

    I like the idea, but I kinda wish it didnt require a 3d printer...

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    When I first saw your Instructable I thought you'd used some carpet gripper, perhaps that might make a cheap alternative to the 3D printed part.

    Great and simple idea! You can do it even without 3d printer with some scrap piece of plastic or wood :)

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    alomsimoy: Good idea about making them "with some scrap piece of plastic or wood"

    now just take a couple extend the straps an put them on your car

    cbrown73 -You can download the STL file and take it to your local maker space to get it printed..

    OR you can use the STL file and upload it to, I am not sure on the cost though..

    Nice one...looking forward to use It on winters....