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The development of the physical prototypes were made in direct relationship to the success of the integrated parametric workflow. The rapid prototypes helped to identify where the design required development or restrictions to the style parameters for effective printing. The evolution of the concepts result in a streamline construction system, designed for disassembly while maintaining opportunity for style and fit customisation.

The final design utilises the most suitable 3D printing solutions available for the design. The uppers are variations of each other to show the consistent accuracy of Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) printing, and to show off the design control in the digital workflow. This notion also plays with the idea that there may be indifference between one’s feet and making beauty of that through the style of each shoe. The manufacturing process allows for this kind of variation. The heel component is made with aluminum through Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing (AM).

3D printing enables rapid prototyping for on demand physical feedback, accelerating the development process. As the prototypes become more finalised, there is inclusion of prints that were ordered from abroad where their printing technologies are not available in New Zealand. While some of these may not be cost effective nor time effective, it is expected that they will become more accessible and affordable in the near future.

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