Back to the Future shoes use a super-thin flexible filament
Flexible filaments can be a difficult material to work with, especially when it comes to 3D printing. To lend a helping hand, Spanish filament producer Recreus has spent the last few months researching both the designs and materials that can be used to effortlessly print your very own flexible footwear.
The Sneakerbot II sneakers are made from a filament just 1.75 mm thick, which is why the company also had to develop their own extruder and hot end. Ignacio Garcia, the company’s founder and designer of the shoes, which have a part 80′s part futuristic look, told 3D Printing Industry that the shoes offer a perfect balance between support and comfort.
While the shoes won’t tie themselves, they are a great example of what you can do with a bit of creativity, and a top-of-the-line 3D printer. Why cough up the money for the latest styles when you can create your own?
Here’s a video of the sneakers being made, which also shows you what they would be like to wear from about 2:33.
Source: 3D Printing Industry