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The workflow created in this research provides a conceptual framework to improve the traditional systems of making through the marriage of computational design and additive manufacturing. It enables a vast range of unique and bespoke high heel shoe designs that would not be feasible nor realisable without the use of additive manufacturing and computational design. Background research, into contemporary social and technological context, highlights the challenges for production where sustainable goals and product consumerism collide. Previous researchers have established the benefits of using computational design with additive manufacturing. However, in the main these studies are limited to an aesthetic effect and do not explore how these technologies can be combined as an integrated form of design, distribution, and production. This research shows that, this system can reduce inventory in manufacturing while maintaining a desirable product. The Glass Slipper exhibits a series of designs from one parametric workflow, produced through both digital visualisation and through physical prototypes, that encapsulate styles found in, traditional high heels, historic design eras and qualities of contemporary computational aesthetic.

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