3D PRINTED BALLET SHOE EASES THE PAIN OF DANCERS

3D Printing Industry | 8/14/2018 | Umair Iftikhar
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Hadar Neeman, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, has designed and 3D printed a pain-reducing durable ballet shoe.

As part of her final university project, Neeman designed the custom 3D printed pointe ballet shoe called P-rouette. A pointe shoe is customarily worn by ballet dancers to dance en pointe. This is the ballet technique where a dancer supports their body weight on toe tip.

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Neeman designed the shoe after seeing dance-related injuries on the foot of her ballet-dancing friend.

On her motivation to create the shoe, Neeman said: “I learned about pointe shoes and the more I got into the field, the more I realized that there was a lot of potential for improving the existing shoe and improving the quality of life of the dancers”.

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According to the research paper Overuse Injuries in Professional Ballet: Injury-Based Differences Among Ballet Disciplines, overuse injury is among the most common injury experienced by ballet dancers. From among the sample of 486 injuries, it was evaluated that 82.60% of classical ballet dancers suffered from an overuse injury. An overuse injury is caused by repetitive trauma to a joint or muscle.

Neeman hopes that P-rouette will reduce ballet related injuries and prove a ballet shoe three times more durable than traditional ones.

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A close up of the custom-made P-rouette shoe. Image via Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

A pointe ballet shoe has two components: a box, and a shank. The box at the front end of the shoe supports the dancer’s toes, and shank is a rigid material that covers the sole. The shank is hard enough to keep the foot arch straight during use. The exterior of the shoe is covered with a fabric, usually satin.

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The P-rouette ballet shoe was created using the same structural elements but with a...
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