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3D Printed Shoe – Technology Meets Art to Shape a Better Future

A team of University at Buffalo students have come up with an ingenious product that involves shoes, 3D printing technology and a message for world peace. 

“We, the students at University at Buffalo have recently developed products that use 3D printing technology to showcase how art can be empowered using novel technologies and can impact our society,” explained team leader and designer Dhruvay “DJ” Jain. “For instance, one of our products is a 3D printed shoe which communicate the message of world peace.


“This product of ours was also recognized at a Global level event in 3D printing held in Singapore i.e. at Annual International 3D printing Competition at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where over 100 teams participated from 9 countries.”

Because people and their opinions matter and must be heard through effective mediums.


Yup, I want a pair of these shoes. They say that there are people who wear their thoughts and attitudes on their sleeve… now these students are giving people the ability to express their hopes for world peace on their shoes. Not to mention that the shoes are made with 3D printing technology!

To use technology to empower art & send out strong meaningful messages.


The UB students are using this printing technology to create a 2-in-one modular shoe that is part sandal and part shoe – totally interchangeable. The shoes are made to custom fit the user’s foot, with a slide and clamp mechanism to ensure stability. The shoes themselves are works of art, combined with high tech materials and assembly. The graphics consist of a world map and a dove.

Using 3D printed technology to empower art & send out strong meaningful messages.

Members of the winning student team and their faculty advisers.
Members of the winning student team and their faculty advisers.

Team members and advisors include five graduate students — Dhruvay Jain, Priyanka Nikam, Hardik Gandhi and Anshika Chourdhary, all in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), and Weihao Qu of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), guided by ISE faculty members Chi Zhou and Lora Cavuoto, CSE faculty member Wenyao Xu and CSE research scientist Feng Lin.     


Photos: University Reporter

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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