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We believe footwear will be crafted with our individual anatomy and biomechanics as the foundation. The DNA concept leverages rapid manufacturing… Read More
We believe footwear will be crafted with our individual anatomy and biomechanics as the foundation. The DNA concept leverages rapid manufacturing to create a shoe built not only to your foot contours, but also to how you move. By pairing data acquisition, user behavior, and rapid prototyping it creates a method of mass-tailoring products. In this case, we've applied it to shoes. Throw on trainers outfitted with pressure sensors and accelerometers and go for a run. Bring them back to the store, upload the data and a series of algorithms develops a shoe that fits the way your body moves. Pushing the algorithms further will allow the computer to design a shoe that improves your running form or compensates for imbalances. After the computer crunches the data, you'll modify the aesthetics, and the 3D printer can start to build your shoe. Within hours you have a shoe tailored to your foot, your movement, and your style. Read Less
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We believe footwear will be crafted with our individual anatomy and biomechanics as the foundation.  The DNA concept leverages rapid manufacturing to create a shoe built not only to your foot contours, but also to how you move. By pairing data acquisition, user behavior, and rapid prototyping it creates a method of mass-tailoring products. Within hours you have a shoe tailored to your foot, your movement, and your style.  Shoes should be built for the way you move.
The first step is to acquire the data that an individual's shoes will be based on.  Each customer's feet are three dimensionally scanned.  Then they put on a pair of special sensor shoes and go for a test run or walk.  The sensors track their movement – footfall, pronation, balance, etc. – and combined with the scan and their activity profile (running, crossfit, etc.) create a usable database to build the new shoes around.
 
Algorithms are used to translate the data into form and the shoes start to come together.  At this point, the customer is able to customize the materials, colors and textures of their shoe.  Or they can save a shoe design in advance that can be combined with their foot data when they get to the store.  Their design then goes to print, and as they shop the 3d printer creates their shoes.
The DNA Shoe prototype (shown below) was 3D printed by FATHOM using PolyJet Technology on an Objet500 Connex3 — a digital combination of rigid and flexible materials were used to achieve the ideal durometer (VeroClear, VeroYellow, Tango, and TangoBlack+)
PROTOTYPES - and they fit! 
Some of our process - from sketches and 2D renderings to CAD and prototype details.
Before this concept can become a reality, there are advancements that need to happen in 3d printing technology.  For example, the materials currently available don't offer the durability or softness necessary for wearing every day or for athletic use.  Further study is also required to ensure those materials are biocompatible and safe for consumers.  Today, the cost and amount of time it takes to print a pair of shoes are both too high.  But, the 3d printing industry is evolving quickly, and while material challenges may prohibit immediate implementation, user-driven rapid manufacturing will be realized in the near future.