This course will describe the advantages and challenges of using 3D printing for shoe manufacturing. It will include how OESH Shoes is using a special 3D printing process for production manufacturing. Key to the process is a pellet-based extruding 3D printer that is specifically designed for extruding elastomeric materials suitable for shoe components. The printer prints directly from readily available thermoplastic pellets rather than from filament, and enables us to use blowing agents in both chemical and physical form as well as microcellular expanding agents to produce cellular and foamed materials that are particularly suitable for shoe soles. We have a bank of these 3D printers all operating simultaneously, each printer producing its own made-to-order pair of shoes or components. This process enables us to offer a much broader range of styles and sizes than is achievable with traditional manufacturing, and it will enable us to produce customized shoes. This session features Fusion 360.
- Discover advantages of 3D printing for shoe manufacturing
- Understand challenges of 3D printing for shoe manufacturing
- Identify a means to overcome the challenges of 3D printing for shoe manufacturing
- Envision a future of 3D printing for shoe manufacturing
Casey Kerrigan is chairman of OESH Shoes and its parent company, JKM Technologies, LLC. She is also a part-time professor at University of Virginia (UVa) School of Architecture—where she was the first woman tenured professor and chair in the School of Medicine of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation—and a professor in UVa’s School of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She received an MD from Harvard Medical School, where she subsequently founded a laboratory to study the physiology of walking, before being recruited to UVa, where she founded another laboratory to study both walking and running. She's published over 100 original peer-reviewed articles on gait (walking and running) and the effects of footwear. Her research led her to develop the OESH Shoe factory, where she has been devoted to designing and manufacturing healthy and sustainable shoes—including designing and building advanced machines to make them.