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Internship TNO | 2005 | TU/e ID Bachelor

During a 13 week internship at TNO Science and Industry I ran an individual project on the subject of rapid manufacturing of shoes. Roughly two parts of research can be identified in the act of shoemaking: the biomechanical side and the manufacturing side. After research and analysis of the biomechanical side, the manufacturing side proved to have one specific topic that had had little attention; rapid manufacturing of flexible fabrics in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

Half way during the project, I therefore shifted my attention to this subject. Through innovative use of SLS and specific design for SLS, disadvantages in material properties could be overcome. The end result of the project shows a variety of fabrics with diverse flexible characteristics and aesthetic qualities all made from the same building material.