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Imagine being able to grow your own footwear. Yep, we are talking sprouting a pair of bio sneakers in a matter of hours! Footwear designer @23_heels over on Instagram has a concept that takes a page out of nature, specifically the rapid growth of mushroom mycelium. In like manner, the shoe aesthetic bears a striking…

3D printing is additive. CNC milling is subtractive. Vacuum forming is transformative. It transforms a sheet of formless flat plastic into extraordinary complex copies. It transforms preconceived limitations about functional part thinness — the interplay between “consumable goods” (foodstuff) and “durable goods”(not food) — and low-volume throughput speeds. It transforms endless eternities (hours) staring at…

Inspired by the aesthetic of vacuum-formed everyday products, Felix Tai and Jeffrey Leung’s POMCH is one of the more interesting applications of vacuum forming we’ve seen…and is one that a generation of ‘makers’ will almost certainly respond to positively. Having started as an experiment in school, the concept has since launched itself into its own…