A CASE STUDY ON CONCEPT DESIGN AND CAD MODELLING IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY
A case study on reverse engineering in the footwear design and manufacturing industry is presented. Reverse engineering tools and techniques are used to capture three-dimensional data and to convert physical models of lasts and soles into triangulated and fully surfaced CAD models. These models are used to improve the product development process and reduce concept to market lead times. A novel, semi-automatic, segmentation process for the detection of functional features, 'feather edges', on shoe lasts is also presented and evaluated.