Silvia Fado , is a shoe designer who regularly combines fashion, architecture, and 3D printing with traditional shoe making practices to make women’s footwear. The innovative designer uses her own 3D printer (ZMorph 2.0 S 3D printer) with the capabilities of not only 3D printing, but also of CNC milling and laser cutting. The combination of old and new has resulted in several amazing footwear collections, each bearing Fado’s distinct signature and style.
In her collection Kinetic Traces, Fado combined a relatively traditional looking leather shoe top with a futuristic looking heel made from a 3D printed base, and a number of industrial springs and pneumatic hydraulics.
For her Carbonalise collection, she manufactured the shoe heels out of a carbon fiber material, which was strengthened and stylized with a metal strip, making for a sleek and modern design.
In one of her most recent designs, which she has called Ray of Liberty, Fado was inspired by New York’s Freedom Tower building, and has incorporated elements of its architecture into the impressive shoe design. The shoes, which were designed for Internet of Fashion Runway at New York Fashion Week 2016, are made from a transparent filament material and have a changing color light source within them that glows and emits rays of light.
The various 3D printing materials used in the designer’s creations are strong and durable, have been supplied by 3D printing filament company ColorFabb , who have sponsored the emerging fashion designer. In her future designs, Fado will reportedly keep experimenting with new 3D printing materials to find the best fit for a particular design and will begin incorporating more CNC milling and laser cutting into her manufacturing process.