3DShoemaker Blog


Shoe Last Joint and Hinge Hardware

Hardware for Assembling 3D Printed Shoe Lasts with Joints and Thimbles

Hardware for assembling more robust 3D printed shoe lasts is now available for purchase here on 3DShoemaker.com. In this post, ...
3D Printing Shoemaking Patterns Title3

3D Printing Shoemaking Patterns

Patterns are an important aspect of shoemaking. They also require considerable skill and time to create using traditional methods. But, ...
3D Printing Shoe Components: Heels, Wedges, and Platforms

3D Printing Shoe Components: Heels, Wedges, and Platforms

While it's becoming more common to 3D print shoe lasts, many shoemakers aren't yet aware of how easy and useful ...
3DShoemaker for Rhino 8

3DShoemaker for Rhino 8

Rhino 8 was recently announced, and so a new version of 3DShoemaker has been released to work in it (8.0.0.1) ...
Zero Drop Shoe Last for barefoot and minimalist shoes

Zero Drop Shoe Last for Minimalist and Barefoot Shoes

Zero drop shoe lasts for minimalist and barefoot shoes are now available here on 3DShoemaker.com. They can be shipped to ...
3DShoemaker shoe last and component design software

3DShoemaker Rhino Plugin Overview

This post is an overview of 3DShoemaker, a plugin for Rhino 3D. I'll briefly explain what makes it unique and ...
Scanning a Shoe Last with the iPhone True Depth Camera

Scanning a Shoe Last with the iPhone True Depth Camera

In this 3DShoemaker tutorial, I'm going to show you how an Apple iPhone can be used as an accurate 3D ...
Order 3D printed shoe lasts - 8 order types

Shoe Last and Component Ordering System Explained

The ordering system on 3DShoemaker has been developed to cater to a huge range of shoemaker needs. In this post, ...
Ordering 3D Printed Shoe Last Manufacturing Alpha and Rail Joints

Physical 3D Printed Shoe Lasts for Sale

In addition to digital 3D models of shoe lasts, actual physical 3D printed shoe lasts can now be purchased here ...
3D Printing Shoe on Bambu Lab X1C for Sheet Sole

3D Printed Shoe with Sheet Sole

For many years now I've been wanting to try my hand at 3D printing shoes. And now that I have ...
Prusa VS Bambu Lab 3D Printers for Shoemakers Banner

Best 3D Printer for Shoemakers: Bambulab VS Prusa

The following is a comparison of the tried and true Prusa 3D printers and those from their upstart rival, Bambu ...
3D printed shoe last with rail joint assembly step 8

3D Printed Shoe Last Rail Joint Assembly

Update: Hardware for assembling the rail joint is now available for purchase here on 3DShoemaker.com. This is what I like ...
3D Printed Orthotics Tutorial

How to 3D Print Orthotics

In this 3DShoemaker tutorial, I'm going to get into how to 3D print orthotics (sometimes referred to as insoles) using ...
How-to-3D-print-a-shoe-last-with-working-hinge-1024x768

How to 3D Print your own Shoe Lasts with Working Hinges

Update: Hardware for the alpha joint can now be purchased here on 3DShoemaker.com. And a new tutorial shows the assembly ...
SubD Shoe Lasts in 3DShoemaker

SubD Shoe Lasts in 3DShoemaker

Unique to 3DShoemaker is the parametric approach to shoe last design. The advantage of this is that it is a ...
Parameterizing a Shoe Last in Shoe Last Maker

Parameterizing Shoe Lasts for 3DShoemaker

One of the main questions regarding 3DShoemaker is how to import shoe lasts. Users often already have collections of shoe ...
Parametric Cowboy Boot Shoe Last Design Template 2

Parametric Cowboy Boot Shoe Last

A fully parametric cowboy boot shoe last template has been uploaded to the collection. It has several unique features made ...
Ankle height orthopedic shoe lasts

Ankle Height Orthopedic Shoe Lasts

The latest version of 3DShoemaker can now build orthopedic shoe lasts that extend up the ankle. To design the ankle ...
Drawing Pattern Curves on Shoe Lasts

Designing Shoemaking Patterns in Rhino3D

In my last couple 3DShoemaker tutorials, I showed how to morph shoemaking patterns from one shoe last to another, and ...
Pattern Flattening in Shoe Last Maker

Flattening Shoemaking Patterns

Flattening patterns for shoemaking is now possible in the latest version of 3DShoemaker (1.011). In this tutorial, I'll explain how ...
Shoemaking Pattern Morphing in Shoe Last Maker

Morphing Shoemaking Patterns

This tutorial covers morphing of shoemaking patterns from one shoe last to another. Morphing is a new capability in the ...
Smoothing a Shoe Last Surface

Smoothing a Shoe Last Surface

While a parametric approach to shoe last design has numerous advantages, it can make it challenging to achieve a smooth ...
Designing shoe lasts from reference images in Shoe Last Maker

Designing Shoe Lasts from Reference Images in 3DShoemaker

In this post I'm going to explain how to work with reference images when designing shoe lasts and components in ...
Measurements in Shoe Last Maker

Measurements in 3DShoemaker

In this tutorial I'm going to explain how measurements work in 3DShoemaker. This will include both foot and last measurements ...
Designing Heels Platforms and Wedges in Shoe Last Maker

Designing Heels, Wedges, and Platforms in 3DShoemaker

In this post I'll cover the basics of designing parametric wedges, platforms, and high heel shoe components in 3DShoemaker. The ...
Importing 2D Foot Models in Shoe Last Maker

Importing 2D Foot Images for Designing Bespoke and Custom Shoe Lasts

In this post I'll explain how to import 2D foot images into 3DShoemaker for making custom and bespoke shoe lasts ...
Shoe Lasts with Foot Shaped Bottoms

Shoe Lasts with Foot Shaped Bottoms

In this post I'll show you how to achieve a shoe last with a foot shaped bottom in 3DShoemaker. Most ...
Shoe Last Design Software Toe Box Crease Design Page

Designing a Shoe Last Toe Box Crease

Some types of footwear, moccasins in particular, tend to be made on shoe lasts with a crease or edge along ...
Tips for Designing in Shoe Last Maker

Tips for Designing in 3DShoemaker

In this post, I'm going to highlight some tips that make editing in 3DShoemaker easier to do. Tip 1: The ...
Parametric Insoles and Orthotic Inserts

Parametric Orthotic and Insole Design Software within 3DShoemaker

Parametric orthotic and insole design is now possible in the the latest version of 3DShoemaker (V 1.007). What's unique about ...