This idea has been made real
I am an engineer who loves inventing things that everyone says are impossible. From catapults to cars, I enjoy inventing it all. I am currently working for a company making custom fit 3D printed footwear!
Space Boot Imprints are boots with personalised soles, so that astronauts can make a stamp on new found planets!
This idea was brought to life by magnificent maker Chris Bellamy. Don't forget to read his 'Maker Blog' to see how he made this invention real!
Maker blog entries
Here's a video showing us going from sketch to finished product!
Here are some final photos of the boots in all their glory.
We have now shipped them off to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa to go on display :-)
We now assembled the boots components together to make the finished products.
This is a new skill for me - after working out how to use the sewing machine, I was able to create the insulated walls of the boot using some very snazzy fabric!
The insoles were designed with custom galaxy top layers, and printed using dye sublimation printing.
We have now 3D printed and painted the sole of the boots - the print too about 12 hours, and was then broken out of the powder. The parts were then painted by Chris at our factory in San Diego!
Connor has now gone through the Wiivv app and captured the data of his feet. We used this data to create the boot so that if would fit perfectly to his feet, and our system has also automatically made him a pair of insoles to go in the boots.
It was so much fun working with Connor to create these custom space boots. We explored using some really interesting different technologies, and settled on using 3D printing to create the sole of the boot which Connor had designed.
We have now worked out how each bit will be made, how they will fit together, and what they will look like!
What our experts think!
These boots especially with the individual footprint offer a very good fit and personalised, so that we know who walks where on the surface of a planet. Even the selection of the material is excellent and offers a lot of potential. These could also be some adds on with jetpacks to move from one place to another on the Moon or outside the ISS. Excellent work little inventor!
Once arrived on Mars, the boot imprints could stamp the Canadian flag on Martian soil drawing plentiful of maple leaves, good work little inventor!