Original Bits from Bytes (BfB) 3D printers used by architect and shoe designer Bryan Oknyansky to launch the world’s first premium and customisable 3D printed high heel shoes brand are being listed for sale by the award-winning designer. Using their legendary BfB 3D Touch 3D printer, Bryan worked his way up from prototyping his globally admired shoe designs in his bedroom, to showcasing his ground-breaking footwear ranges on fashion runways.
Having stepped away from running his eponymous footwear brand, Shoes By Bryan, to transition back to his career as an architect in 2017, Bryan is now listing the five, discontinued 3D printers that launched his experimental footwear brand for sale as collectors’ items that can still be used to 3D print today.
These 3D printers cannot be found brand-new in stores or online and are a rare find in the resale market. This is due, in part, to Bits from Bytes Limited, who opened their doors from Bristol, UK, being acquired by 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) in 2010, who eventually phased the BfB 3D Touch model out. In 2010, 3D Systems partnered with Bryan to support his revolutionary footwear venture, which ultimately reached across the globe and inspired countless footwear lovers and connoisseurs.
Obsolete or not, the BfB 3D Touch 3D printer model has an enduring legacy as a dependable and repairable machines. Some owners have hacked this model of printers over the years to replace the ordinary 3D-printable plastic materials with those enabling the creation of edible objects and medical parts for growing biopolymers in laboratories.
These amazing and career-making machines would be ideal for collectors of 3D printing history, schools and educational institutions with STEM initiatives, experienced 3D printer hobbyists, and product makers who aren’t afraid of repairing and replacing parts on the 3D printers as needed.
Out of the five machines for sale, four are in working order and one is inoperable without repairs and is, therefore, included for parts. One of the working 3D printers has even been featured in an interview Bryan gave to the BBC about how he used 3D printers to create a new type of footwear product. The BBC Two feature can be watched by clicking on this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015g8rw.
If you’re thinking of buying these collectors’ 3D printers, be aware that that they’re not intended for beginners. “These amazing and career-making machines would be ideal for collectors of 3D printing history, schools and educational institutions with STEM initiatives, experienced 3D printer hobbyists, and product makers who aren’t afraid of repairing and replacing parts on the 3D printers as needed,” explained the seller, Bryan Oknyansky.
The 3D Printers That Started It All
Bryan has prepared a brochure illustrating exactly what is being put up for sale with photos of the machines, accessories, kits and parts. You can download the brochure by clicking on the document link below.
In addition the downloadable brochure, Bryan has prepared videos demonstrating the operability of the four working 3D printers.
Printer 1 - Video of Functionality Test
Printer 2 - Video of Functionality Test
Printer 3 - Video of Functionality Test
Printer 4 - Video of Functionality Test
How to buy the 3D Prtiners
Interested buyers are able to register their interest or make an offer by filling out a contact form before Bryan announces which platform will be used to hold the sale. Click here to register your interest or make an offer: Contact