Students at SENAI Bagueira Marcio Leal, in Franca, have been presented with awards recognising their skills in creating shoe designs using Delcam CRISPIN ShoeMaker Pro concept design software. The overall winner of the competition was Clara Carolina de Oliveira, who won a scholarship to Delcam’s headquarters located in the UK.
Franca is a major footwear manufacturing region near Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the SENAI is promoting the use of 3D design methods within the industry.
According to Mr. Fábio Sérgio Carrion, Director at the SENAI, "In order to face global competition, it is absolutely imperative for the Brazilian footwear companies to lead the way by producing differentiated designs. The majority of footwear companies are still producing hand-drawn designs which then have to be entered as vectors in 2D software programs for the production of 2D images, with no links into 3D CAD.”
"The main objective of our training is to support and challenge the local footwear industry to use modern methods, including 3D CADCAM, to streamline the creation of new designs. These tools guarantee that new designs are developed accurately on top of the shoe lasts – absolutely key for a good quality shoe – as well as allowing designers to produce photorealistic 3D images and prototypes via 3D printing.”
"Once the design has been approved by marketing, designers can then produce the correspondent engineering information for the various upper shoe components for the production of the tooling. Solutions such as these enable micro and small footwear companies to compete with large companies by guaranteeing similar time to market for the launch of new footwear collections.”
At the SENAI, students have the opportunity to design shoes using Delcam CRISPIN software with awards being given for the best designs produced during each year. As well as recognising the students’ achievements, the competition is designed to encourage the local footwear industry to use CAD to develop its new styles. The SENAI offers a series of lectures, workshops and training sessions enabling designers, teachers and technicians to create footwear using 3D digital design methods.