We’ve seen 3D printed shoes made from recycled materials before, but not a true pair of running shoes yet. But New Zealand design engineer Rik Olthuis is working to change that. The 22-year-old Massey University graduate has long had a passion for designing shoes, and designed a pair of completely biodegradable athletic shoes in 2019, during his senior year. Now, he’s received a prestigious honor that could help him turn his dream of sustainable footwear into reality: Olthuis is a national winner of the James Dyson Award.
Run by the James Dyson Foundation charitable trust, this is an international design award that, according to the website, “celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers” and is open to current and recent design engineering students.(Read more)