Last time I mentioned a special project that I worked on that aims to bring comfort to wearing high heels. In the beginning, I just wanted to 3D scan an existing pair since I recently learned about a program called 123D Catch, which is an awesome tool that pieces together photos of a physical object into a 3D model. It works great if you want to test it on smaller objects – say a nail polish. Instead, I opted for a different method, using the NextEngine 3D Scanner.
I know I’ve said “3D” a lot all ready. Bear with me 🙂
Basically, with this scanner, you can scan any object that can fit within the rotating disk. I seriously love this scanner. It’s like having an XBox, but for designers. Depending on how accurate you want the result to be, it can take from 7 minutes to half an hour. Of course, if you want a better quality scan, you’d have to wait.
After the scan, and editing using Autodesk Maya, here’s what I got.
Wait till you see the 3D print of this shoe! It’s epic.
The past month and a half was crazy. I was stressing out trying to finish my honors thesis before the deadline. Last Tuesday was my defense and I’m proud to say that I’ve completed one milestone in my life!! I have been working on this topic for over two years and it’s been something that I really want to see on the market.
Today, I would like to share a little bit of my project. It’s quite lengthy, so maybe I’ll post a snippet each week?
The basis of my research is acupressure. Mainly, its relationship to high heels. Now if you’ve worn high heels before, you’d know the pain and blisters that come with these shoes. You’ve seen celebrities with foot bunions and other really distorted feet.
Gravity is usually the culprit – the pressure naturally points downward toward the toes.
Recently, I found out that I’m flat-footed (which explains all the unnecessary tripping), and it’s really difficult trying to find heels that are comfortable (and chic). So….I decided to create high heels that would fix this issue!
3D printing became my best friend in the last couple of years. I can’t wait to show you some of the 3D printed shoes that I created!