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Custom 3d printed flipflops

While you wait!
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Flip flops. So fashionable and cheap! But what if you like some arch support with your footwear but still want to wear flip flops. Yes, you may buy flip flops with molded arch supports. But whose arch is that? Not your arch. Some ideal Platonic form of arch. If you had arches like that you wouldn't need arch supports. Maybe eventually walking would squash those supports to fit, if you live that long.

Life is short, and BUNGCO wants your flip-flops to fit your foot now! Step gently into the (reusable!) mold material. The 3d printer uses LASERS to measure and then prints out the inverse of your neglected and possibly mutant arch using flip-flop material. Our licensed proprietor punches in some stylish canvas toeholds and vwallah! Custom and form fitting flip-flops for your stylish striding needs!

Franchise information available.

bungston, Jul 11 2015


       //Franchise information available.// Why can't the French just use google translate like everyone else?
pocmloc, Jul 11 2015

       How about making the arch from a silicone bag filled with a plastic that melts at (say) 42°C? Just pop them in a warm oven, then put them on and wait a few minutes for the plastic to set?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 12 2015

       I worry that kind would melt on a hot day, or against the beach sand. Plus there is no 3d printer.
bungston, Jul 12 2015

       Nice idea.... I'm currently making an edition of my hand with a particular finger pointing gesture (not the rude one) I used alginate to make the mould. It's more or less instant, but not durable. There must be a similar material but more resiliant?
xenzag, Jul 12 2015

       You could always use PDMS (silicone monomer), with a little capsule of catalyst that you break to start the polymerisation.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 12 2015

       Being pretty flat-footed I like the custom fit new shoe angle. I've taken to wearing the cheapest shoes they make just because they're made with no arch support. (+) never tried flip flops though   

       /Just scan the feet./ I am sure feet deform under load to greater or lesser extent. What is a more suitable 3d image of the foot - deformed by weight applied from above or unloaded? What is the ideal configuration for a weight bearing foot? I could imagine a certain amount of deformation is ideal, but some people might experience more because of obesity / overloading, lax ligaments or the like.
bungston, Jul 14 2015

       I was hoping for custom patterns to imprint into beach sand but this will do.
Voice, Jul 14 2015


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