Parametriks Print 001 shows us a glimpse of the future combined use of design and materials science. It is a comfortable sneaker that is easy to produce. You will tell me about the tastes: it reminds me of a deluxe version of the Crocs (on the other hand, they too use only one material, but injection molded). And the Crocs, like, don't get me.
Parametriks Print 001 is based, as the name suggests, on 3D printing. Its design instead (this too can be seen from the name) was obtained using parametric algorithms.
What is parametric design
How could I define it in a few words? Consider it a "game" played as a team by man and computer. Man sets computational parameters that help design, the computer creates a design that meets these parameters most efficiently. It is a particular form of generative design (I talked about it here).
In the case of this sneaker, Nathan Smith (who some of his works) used a custom algorithm on Grasshopper (a design language). Criteria? It had to be a shoe that perfectly wrapped one foot, using less material but with equal flexibility.
Now bring me the sneakers, computer!
The sneaker has an unusual triangular mesh matrix that wraps around the wearer's foot and fits perfectly thanks to the bespoke design. Made of TPU, Thermoplastic Polyurethane, Print 001 is as flexible as a pair of Crocs, but offers an unmatched level of breathability and flexibility.
Yes, I know. You will tell me (especially those who on the official FP page on Facebook comment without reading the article): "but the holes on the sole of these sneakers allow pebbles, thorns and water to enter the feet!"
Relax: it's an experiment intended to understand what a parametric shoe could look like: and the result is very, very, very promising.
Together, 3D printing and parametric design could (also) revolutionize the footwear industry.
3D printing is increasingly used by companies to design shapes otherwise impossible to obtain with traditional production methods. The parametric design also builds sneakers starting from the exact data of each one's foot. This makes each product unique and perfect for its user.
Print clearly tells us that the future of this sector is lighter, simpler, tailored.