Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day Eighteen: Part 1 Designing Rapid Shoes Lasts

              So for those of you who don't know, I've been busy the past few weeks teaching at Chatham County High School to kids about using math in design. This class came out of the summer NC State Guest Lecture Series I gave and it's nice to see making a positive impact. We all prototyped custom leather shoes which has great fun and I wanted to share some of them with you.
              Today we're hanging out with my friend Evan making shoe lasts with rapid prototyping sand. He's holding one of the completed molds. If you'd like to learn more about sand casting (aka-rapid prototyping), come to one of his Thursday night pours. Since these are the kids first custom shoes, we are using this method. If you are going to make a long-term last, you can have a great one made locally,  in Virginia, California, or other last making companies out of Maple. Today we are using sand.

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