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Customizable Orthotics Are 3D-Printed To The Wearer’s Liking

Customizable Orthotics Are 3D-Printed To The Wearer’s Liking
Design

New York startup finds new solution in customizing corrective footwear.

Lin Qiu
  • 27 february 2014

Glamazons with aching feet can breathe a sigh of relief – New York-based industrial designer Kegan Schouwenburg has started Sols Systems Inc. to make bespoke shoes inserts using 3D-printing. All you would need to get a pair is a smartphone with a camera.

Currently, anyone looking for customized orthotics would have to endure a tedious process at the podiatrist, accept the possibility of human errors and pay upwards of $600. Sols is looking to change all that. To use Sols’ service, the client puts on a special striped sock provided by the company and the Sols mobile app will take hundreds of photos to generate a digital model of the foot in 30 seconds. This information is then analyzed by Sols and their 3-D printers will create stylish, perfect fitting insoles made of a new lightweight, anti-microbial nylon material – all for about $100. Those with clinical foot problems can also have their podiatrist use a web-based tool to make modifications. Sols even promises that their insoles will literally add a spring to your step by returning 75% of energy output.

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With the typically ugly reputation of orthotics, Shouwenburg hopes to bring some sex appeal with her 3D-printing solution. Customers will be able to choose their desired color, add a polished leather component and inscribe their name.

You can now sign up on the Sols website to see when their service will be available in your area.

Sols Systems Inc.

Sources/Images: Wall Street Journal, Wired

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