Fashion design revolution: 3D printed shoes by Janne Kyttanen

3D printing technology to create consumer products

by Valentina Ieva
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Janne Kyttanen started his design studies at the Escola De Disseny, Elisave in Barcelona 1996. He moved to the Netherlands and graduated from The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. When Janne first saw a 3D printer in the mid 90’s, he immediately saw every object around him in wireframe.

During his studies Janne envisioned a future where products would turn into computer data and their distribution would be as easy as downloading music from the internet. Janne’s vision of the impact of 3D printing was so clear that he no longer saw any point in making objects by hand.
Janne’s work has been extensively exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world. Such museum collections include MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum.

A pioneer in design with 3D printing, Janne has executed a diversity of design projects for clients such as Hyundai, Asics, Autodesk, Havana Club, Nivea, NIKE, Rabobank, Philips and L’Oreal.

In 2000, Janne founded Freedom of Creation, the expert design company for 3D printing. Janne is also the Creative Director for 3D Systems, the largest 3D Printing company in the world.

Janne Kyttanen has designed a collection of 3D printed, high-heeled shoes that can be downloaded for free, printed overnight, and worn the next day. Kyttanen created the set of products for 3D printing marketplace cubify, to be used with the cubeX printer. The Cube is a simple fused-deposition modelling (FDM) machine, which builds up objects layer-by-layer using a plastic filament fed into a heated print nozzle.

Watch the video about introducing cubify’s first ever 3D printed shoes:

He said: "I don’t know what it is with women and shoes, but I like it. (...)Women can print this first collection of shoes overnight and wake up every morning to a new pair".

    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)