Anyone that’s bought a new pair runners, cross trainers or pair of everyday shoes knows the first day work in process that’s unique to yourselves. But we have to remember even though they are new shoes they aren’t shoes that were custom designed for each our uniquely designed feet. And while insoles are a way to help for a more “customized” fit they too are pre-fabricated for off-the-shelf purchases.
SOLS is an insole maker that’s using 3D printing to bridge the gap with custom engineered functional and accomomodative orthoses to either provide proper cushion and support or characteristic makeup to help reduce pain. With an app, users shoot video of their foot to help the SOLS team create orthotic solutions tailored specifically for them.
Within ten seconds users are able to scan their foot using Android and iOS devices. Then the created video is analyzed with the companys’ algorithms to devise a 3D model of each foot captured that will then be the science behind the creation of each orthotic insole. Users also share their weight and activity level to help the development of each product to be as accurate as possible.
The new app will let anyone in need of custom orthotics to order a set between $300 and $700 without having to see a prescribed doctor. 3D printing truly is changing the way we live, in our own studio our co-tenants Draft Print 3D created 3D printed shoes, the opportunities are endless as the types of materials possible to print with grow.