4D Shoemaking – Presented by Niek van Sleeuwen, Perflex, Eindhoven University of Technology

4D Shoemaking – Presented by Niek van Sleeuwen, Perflex, Eindhoven University of Technology at the 3rd edition of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

The current way we deal with production of footwear is based on quick replacement of your current pair.
Huge pollution from unused half productions, consumerism and no development over time for you as an individual customer are just a few of the problems with the current way of producing.

Troy Nachtigal, PhD researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology in the context of ArcInText Horizon 2020 Mary Curie fellowship, proposes a new system of production called Ultra Personalised Product Service System.
In this system the individual customer plays a central role. Using data of the individual to inform and enhance the next produced pair.

solemaker.io is an example of this system in practice. Using a custom build pressure sensor the get initial data to make unique footwear, Solemaker uses 3D printing to produce single unit production footwear.

From Solemaker, a new company Perflex emerged. A collaboration between Niek van Sleeuwen, Bart Pruijmboom and Brigitte Kock, three former students of Troy, apply a meta material thinking strategy to produce fully 3d printed shoes and bras, based on individual data. They developed the whole system from input to production and leverage the power of 3d printing to stay within singly unit productions.

About Niek van Sleeuwen
Niek van Sleeuwen finished his Bachelor degree at Eindhoven University of Technolgy in 2017 and is currently following a masters course Information Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Next to his studies, Niek is involved in the startup Perflex where he works with the data from individual customers to deliver better products.

About Perflex
Personal fitting products for any customer. Perflex has an unique, self-developed system to allow customers to share their body data easily to create fully personal and unique products for everyone.

About Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility
science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education.

About the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference
The 3rd edition of the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will take place on April 18, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands. At the same location, on April 17, 2018, the 3D Printing Materials Conference and the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference will be held.

Making and utilizing new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now we are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter.

Two fields emerge strongly:

  1. 4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality.
  2. Mechanical metamaterials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.

These are highly promising disciplines which develop in a synergistic manner, and which aim at creating entirely new forms of matter, which will lead to applications that have not yet been conceived.

The 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets.

Who should attend? Engineers; Designers; Material researchers; Material producers; Academics; anyone who sees potential in 4D Printing and Meta Materials

Day 1: April 17, 2018 Day 2: April 18, 2018
3D Printing Materials Conference 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference 4D Printing & Meta Materials Farming Conference
Polymers (New materials)
Application of polymers in 3D Printing (from standard to high quality / high risk)
Multi material 3D Printing
3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools
Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering
Topology Optimization
Reverse engineering
Postprocessing / AMES (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) / (MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
4D Printing from idea to full functionality
Smart materials
Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
New materials for shoes and wearables
Applications in robotics
New type of sensors.

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