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Shoe 3D digital design course

€ 3500,00
Jan 7th, 2019 → Feb 1st, 2019

Jun 3rd, 2019 → Jun 28th, 2019

Oct 21st, 2019 → Nov 15th, 2019

English, Italian
9AM to 5PM, Mon to Fri

A full immersion course on modelling and rendering your shoe designs using cutting-edge 3D software.

This course has been developed for pattern makers willing to work in shoe factories that use 3D technical CAD and technical designers that are looking for a job as shoe 3D designers.

During this course, students will learn the technical aspects of designing a shoe in 3D with CAD software, both with dedicated footwear CADs and general 3D modelling softwares.

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Topics covered during this course

3D last and flattened base

The first step is to receive the file of the last or to digitize a physical last. In Arsutoria School we have a laser scanner for lasts and we will show students both the digitalization process and how to work a file received from a last maker. After the last has been imported students learn how to apply modifications to the last to make the flattening more accurate or to extend the last in case they need to design a (low) boot. Students then learn how to make a flattened base and how to cut it to be tested on the physical last.

3D design

The second step is to draw the style lines on the 3D last in the CAD environment. Then a footwear cad requires to create (virtual) patterns. These patterns do not need to be technically accurate, but they are the elements needed to apply materials to the different parts of the shoe.
Apart from the upper, the designer needs to learn how to design a heel/sole and how to include other elements such as metal hardware (e.g. eyelets, studs and buckles), create paddings (e.g. for sneakers), insert logos and writings. Most of these elements can be designed in the software or they can be imported from other 3D modelling tools. Students will learn how to import and adapt files of soles from outsole designers or from mould/sole makers.

Materials and rendering

One day of the course will be dedicated to the use of a rendering software and to the creation of digital materials. There are different ways to manage materials: they can be scanned with a traditional simple flat scanner and they can also be digitized with advanced scanners. After a file of each material is created it is possible to import both the materials and the 3d design of the shoe in a rendering software and prepare images similar to pictures of real samples.

Other 3d design tools

During the course students use ICad3D+ software that is a tool dedicated to 3D shoe design and technical development. During the course we will also teach how to use a general purpose tool (such as Rhinoceros) to design components like heels or metal parts.

Technical development

One week will be dedicated to explain the process of translating the 3D design into a 2D technical project. Students will learn that the 2D patterns automatically created by the shoe CAD software need to be worked and often changed to be technically ready for cutting. Students of the 12 week pattern making course can highly benefit from this part of the course because they will be able to apply their knowledge with the CAD tools to make the patterns.

Content of the course


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