Saturday, August 30, 2014

Georgia Tech Students Engineer Shoes for Miss Georgia

Miss America Pageant and Parade has representative from each of the 53 states and territories gathered together to compete in several competitions, which include the following categories: Lifestyle and Fitness(Swimsuit), Talent, Evening Wear, Private Interview, and the On-Stage Question. Fashion plays a huge role in determining who is crowned the next Miss America. In recent years the “Miss America ‘Show Us Your Shoes’ Parade” has become a popular event. This year it features decorative floats, bands, military heroes and more, with the centre piece being the shoes of the 53 contestants. The women use the parade as a way to show their pride, creativity, and personality via the elaborate fashion showcased on their feet. Miss Georgia, Maggie Bridges, is a student at Georgia Tech , and got help from some of her fellow students on her shoe design. Maggies heels will be the world’s first partially 3D printed shoes to ever set forth in the famous parade. The shoes are the creation of three students, Maren Sonne, Jordan Thomas and Julia Brooks, guided bythier tutor, Dr. Wayne Li, Professor of Industrial Design. The design is based on the Georgia Tech, Yellow Jacket mascot, the ‘Ramblin Wreck’. The ‘Ramblin Wreck’ is actually a 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe, which leads the school’s football team into Bobby Dodd Stadium before each home game, and is present at all major sporting events and functions. To create the shoes, students used a variety of high tech manufacturing tools, which included 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines. Students 3D printed all the wheels, the acrylic for the white walls, and the four headlights on the pair of shoes. This year’s parade takes place in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 13th, with the final competition and judging the following evening.

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