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Original Bits from Bytes (BfB) 3D printers up for sale

Bryan Oknyansky is selling the collectible printers that he used to launch his 3D printed high-heel brand, Shoes by Bryan

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The original Bits from Bytes (BfB) 3D printers used by architect and shoe designer, Bryan Oknyansky, to launch the world’s first premium and customizable 3D printed high-heel shoes brand are being listed for sale by the award-winning designer. Using the 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.

Bryan Oknyansky puts original Bits from Bytes (BfB) 3D printers, used to launch his 3D printed high-heel brand, Shoes by Bryan, up for sale.
Shoes by Bryan worn on the runway at the Haizhen Wang / Fashion Fringe s/s 2013 catwalk show, London Fashion Week. Image credit: Can Nguyen/Capital Pictures.

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 as collectors’ items that can still be used today.

These 3D printers cannot be found new in stores or online, and are a rare find in the resale market. This is partly due to Bits from Bytes Limited being acquired by 3D Systems Corporation in 2010 – after which 3D Systems eventually phased out the BfB 3D Touch model. 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 machine. Some owners have hacked this model of printers over the years to replace ordinary 3D printable plastic materials with those enabling the creation of edible objects and medical parts for growing biopolymers in laboratories.

Bryan Oknyansky puts original Bits from Bytes (BfB) 3D printers, used to launch his 3D printed high-heel brand, Shoes by Bryan, up for sale.
BfB 3D Touch 3D printer.

Out of the five machines for sale, four are in working order and one is inoperable without repairs and is, therefore, included for parts. It is worthwhile noting that these collectible 3D printers are not intended for use by 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 Bryan Oknyansky.

To find out more, see the brochure here. Interested buyers are encouraged to contact Bryan here.

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