With Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse and Snowzilla wreaking havoc on Chicago, I said SnOMG! and thought this may be a fitting upload. I've always wanted snowshoes for such occasions. Luckily, work has been cancelled today, so I wont have to walk in this blizzard, but I am looking for a fun project to do while i'm home.
These are low polygon snowshoes, now you can't print them out with a 3D printer, but you can print them out on a 2D printer with a papercraft program called Pepakura Designer. It allows you to make 3D objects out of paper.
Now, you're saying what good are paper snowshoes? Well, not good at all... until you fiberglass them and fill them with your choice of filler, like casting resin. So, the next big snow storm I'll be ready!
I left some areas of the shoe open for cloth covering and as you can see it has some good crampon spikes for grip.
I also contemplated making sheet metal snowshoes and even laser cut wood snowshoes, maybe someone else can give that a try.
From the picture you can see the garage is pretty well snowed in.
I also added the object file & STL if you want to unfold it yourself or do something else with it.
Download pepakura designer and open the .pdo file
You will need 110 card stock...it's heavy duty paper!
You may need to adjust some settings and layouts depending on your paper size and your shoe size.
Cut out the patterns.
Fold mountains (----- dashed lines) like so: /|
& valleys (_ _ long dash little dash lines): |/
more info here on how to use pep:
After everything is cut and folded you'll need to match the numbers and glue the flaps with hot glue or super glue...you want to use strong glues like this because the fiberglass resin will eat away other glues.
As you can see you can make some pretty amazing things with just paper.
Now you'll have to use fiberglass resin to impregnate the paper into a composite.
best thing to do is coat one side and then the other.
After the resin is dry with a couple coats, you'll need to figure out how to put fiberglass cloth on it. I haven't gotten to this process with this model, yet. Once I figure out the best method I'll update this.
Add more later:
strapping and clips