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Receiving a first pair of pointe shoes is a momentous occasion for any dancer. However, despite their delicate appearance, pointe shoes are incredibly sturdy and hide a battery of injuries: black nails, purpling flesh, growths galore.
Hadar Neeman, a graduate from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem has created personalised ballet shoes using 3D printing technology to reduce dancer's pain. The model is called P-rouette. The 3D printed ballet shoe is adapted to fit the user's foot, and is more durable than traditional pointe shoes.
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The creation of 3D printed P-rouette pointe shoes was inspired by her ballet-dancing friend. Neeman graduated with a degree in product design and was looking for a field where she could apply methods of 3D-printed fabrics. After seeing the damage - bruised feet and crooked toes - her friend has suffered from dancing, Neeman realised that 3D printing could also employed to improve the shoes worn by ballet dancers.
"The more I learned about pointe shoes, the more I realized that there was a lot...
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