Digital manufacturing methods such as 3D knitting and 3D printing have been around for quite a while now, yet when we look at how they are applied in shoe designs we are barely even scratching the surface of all the possibilities they offer. For instance, a foam midsole might be replaced with a 3D printed lattice, but the rest of the shoe is the same....
This course aims to change that! We have brought together our number one experts on 3D printing and knitting: Nicoline van Enter - founder of The Footwearists - and Jordi Montaner, freelance knitting innovator. Together they will teach participants the ins and outs of various 3D printing and knitting technologies and will then challenge them to rethink everything they thought they knew about footwear and really start designing from the possibilities that those manufacturing methods can offer.
With 3D knitting and printing you could create shoes in entirely different ways, with custom aesthetics and functionalities and with constructions that are much more sustainable than what we see on the market now. They also open up great opportunities for local manufacturing.
This course is very hands-on and you will actually be designing through prototyping. How advanced your prototypes can be, depends on your skill level in 3D design. You can work with 3D design software in this course, but you do not necessarily need to have experience in it. The main goal is to learn to fully understand different 3D printing and knitting technologies so you can be as creative as possible with them, without reinventing the wheel or making shoes that are unwearable or could not be produced. The goal is to come to shoe designs that can actually be manufactured in series, using just knitting machines and 3D printers.
Level: intermediate, we do require that participants have experience in footwear design and any 3D software you know is an advantage, but you could also take the course without knowing 3D design yet.
Maximum number of participants: 10
Teachers: Nicoline van Enter and Jordi Montaner
Duration: 4 days, from 9am - 5:30pm
Course dates: Monday May 4 - Wednesday May 6, and Friday, May 8 (Thursday off)
Location: University of Oregon
Course price: $1750/€1621 ATTENTION: THE FIRST 5 PARTICIPANTS GET 15% DISCOUNT, USE CODE DIGITAL5 ON CHECKOUT! THIS OFFER IS VALID UNTIL FEBRUARY 29, 2020!