3D printing wearable shoes

Course dates: December 8-11, 2022

Many people are asking us how we are 3D printing the shoes we are posting regularly on our Instagram. In this course we will teach you how!

This is NOT a course for 3D modeling footwear though, this focuses purely on the 3D printing as such. If you would like to learn how to 3D model shoes then please follow our course 3D Modeling for Footwear in Rhino 7.

In this 3D printing course you can either bring shoe designs that you 3D modeled yourself, or if you cannot do any 3D modeling yet, you can simply use one of the 3D modeled shoes that we already have and apply your own texture to that with a simple Grasshopper algorithm that we made for this course.

You will be using FDM printers that work with flexible TPU filament, because with these you can produce wearable and affordable shoes that can be fully recycled. You will learn all the technical ins and outs that you need to know about 3D printing, including how to build a business selling 3D printed shoes, and you will leave with your own pair of printed shoes.

To give everyone enough time on the printers this course has a maximum of 6 participants, so please enroll asap to secure your spot! We have an early bird rate until September 26!
Would you join a live class around this visual forecast that talks about the technology behind the Yeezy Foam Runner and how this could evolve into the future? Leave your email below to receive an invitation!

When we say "wearable" we mean WEARABLE :-)! The sneakers you will be learning to print are ready to wear when they come off the printer and can be worn daily like any other shoes. On the left you see the printers you will be working on: Artillery Sidewinder X2.


Who should follow this course?

This course is meant for shoe designers that would like to be able to produce their own designs, either as prototypes but also as wearable shoes that can be produced and sold on demand. The focus is on sneakers and other flat shoes, this is NOT a course for high heels!
The course is suitable for people with and without experience in 3D design and printing; we adjust the program to each participant's level of experience. If you have experience already, we will help you take your skills to the next level.
If you are serious about making a business of 3D printed footwear, then you will need to learn 3D modeling, but for this course it is not necessary.
If you are not able to design your own shoes in 3D yet, then it is actually better to do this course first, because we will teach you how you can best design shoes that can be printed quickly and with minimal support. We also teach you how to personalise the comfort of each printed shoe you make through variable infill. 
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These are some examples of wearable 3D printed shoes we made in our lab, using different flexible materials. These are the kind of shoes you will be printing, unless you have your own design that you want to work on, then you can bring that to the course.
We will have to check ahead of time if your design is printable though, or might need adjustments.


  • 4 days of classes in Barcelona
  • use of our 3D printers
  • filament to print your own pair of shoes
  • 3D printing and slicing profiles
  • 1 certification
  • travel costs to and in Barcelona
  • laptop with Cura and PrusaSlicer installed (both are free softwares)

Class format: maximum of 6 participants

This is a live class given by our two 3D printing experts: Nicoline van Enter and Luis Bugin at our Barcelona Lab, with the assistance of our 3D printing workspace manager Marina Aperribay.

Each day there is class from 9:00 - 16:00 so you will also have time to see beautiful Barcelona. 

December 8 - 3D printing 101
On the first day we will start by explaining all methods of 3D printing that are available and why we use filament printing. We will discuss what machines and materials are on the market and how they work, including recycling.
After you understand how 3D printing with filament works, we will talk about what kind of shoes are ideal to print with that method and how to best design them.
December 10: Varieties and adjustments
After you have printed your first shoe, we will teach you some simple after-processing techniques to get rid of your support and any flaws your print might have. You will try on your shoe and make adjustments if needed. Then you will slice and print the second shoe of your pair. (You can also make two different shoes if you prefer).

December 11: 3D entrepreneurship
3D printing is ideal for custom shoes that can be produced locally and on-demand. On this final day we will talk about how to set up a business in 3D printing, taking you through the costs for setting up your business, how to create your margin structure and how to promote your business. In the meantime your second shoe will be printed, so you can take both your shoes home at the end of the day.

Course Requirements

This course is open for all shoe designer, whether you are still studying or already have a few years of experience. It is not for amateurs though, we do expect that you have a background in shoe design. You do not need any experience in 3D design yet, but it can certainly be a plus if you do.
You do not need to have any experience in 3D printing yet, but if you do have that then we can help you get to a more advanced level.

You will need to bring your own laptop to work on (PC or Mac). All software we will use is downloadable for free.
Meet your instructors

Luis Bugin

Luis is a highly experienced computational designer from Brazil. He joined the team of Footwearology Lab last summer, researching data-driven design applications and additive manufacturing technologies on mass customization of footwear. In this course he will be teaching the technical ins and outs of printing and slicing.
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Nicoline van Enter

Nicoline van Enter is one of the founders of Footwearology and Footwearology Lab. She is a world-renowned technology forecaster and visionary thinker, working for tech builders and brands around the world. She has been printing wearable shoes since 2012 and has been consulting with several brands that make printed footwear, such as Feetz, Fused Footwear and Adidas. In this course Nicoline will teach how to design for 3D printing and entrepreneurship.
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You will be working with the printers in our lab, learning in-depth about both hardware and software.