Ogle 3D printed Shoes
3D Printed shoes for gold medalist, Amy Williams.
The eagle-eyed may have spotted the briefest of footage from TCT Show + Personalize 2015 on the popular Channel 5 show The Gadget Show a few weeks ago as they reviewed a series of desktop 3D printers, a couple of weeks later the show returned to the topic of 3D printing as presenter and Olympic Gold Medalist Amy Williams explored the world of 3D printed fashion.
Ogle, a prototyping firm from Letchworth, helped designer Julian Hakes create a unique pair of gold 3D printed shows for Amy. Hakes, who ran an architecture firm in London for over a decade, is famed in the 3D printing world for his Mojito shoe.
The latest design, the gold wedge shoes appeared on The Gadget Show last week, and in order to get them ready in a short period of time Hakes turned to Ogle. Ogle marketing and sales director Dave Bennion said: “We’re delighted to be involved in such a unique project, especially honouring a British Olympian. The latest technology provided by 3D printing is enabling innovation across all kinds of industries.
“These additive processes have emerged and been greatly developed during the last 20 years and have proved advantageous for a host of applications including concept models, functional prototypes, tooling patterns and, more recently, production parts.”
The team at Ogle printed the shoes using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) production, which gave a nylon-based print strong enough for walking in and bonded well to the leather upper.