SOLS Lets You Purchase 3D-Printed Insoles, Custom-made To Your Ft, Proper From An iPhone App
SOLS, an organization benefiting from 3D-printing methods to customized print shoe insoles that assist alleviate foot and again ache, amongst different illnesses, is as we speak making its product obtainable on to shoppers with the launch of SOLS Flex, a contemporary-day various to Dr. Scholl’s inserts that are personalised to the person buyer.
SOLS beforehand labored with physician’s workplaces who would prescribe these insoles to sufferers, however that is the primary time it’s making the product out there by means of direct gross sales.
The enlargement to grow to be extra of a shopper-dealing with enterprise has been underway for a while. When the startup raised a further $eleven million-plus in outdoors funding earlier this yr, an excellent portion of these funds have been earmarked for exactly this function. That spherical additionally introduced in New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony as an investor, in addition to Dallas Mavericks’ president and CEO Terdema Ussery, who moreover joined SOLS’ board of administrators.
The corporate, which is considered one of few at the moment that’s benefiting from 3D printing methods within the shopper area, was initially dreamed up by Kegan Schouwenburg, an early worker and former Director of Operations & Industrial Engineering on the 3D printery Shapeways. Whereas there, she was impressed concerning the potential use instances for 3D know-how, and noticed a chance to make use of 3D printing methods to stake a declare on the doubtless unsexy, but in addition probably worthwhile, orthotics market.
Utilizing a smartphone software, SOLS’ clients – that’s, sufferers – would nearly scan their foot by means of their telephone’s digital camera. Then, the corporate would run a collection of processing algorithms on the pictures to create a customized insole together with different knowledge the sufferers offered, like weight, peak, way of life and extra.
Up to now, SOLS has been working with over 650 podiatrists throughout the U.S. who’ve prescribed the corrective orthotic units to their very own sufferers. The docs have been reselling the merchandise at market charges of $300 to $seven hundred, the corporate stated in February.
Now, with SOLS Flex, clients can use that very same SOLS app to be guided via an analogous becoming course of. With the app, buyer snap three pictures of every foots in weight and non-weight bearing stances. From the pictures, SOLS extrapolates over 1,000 knowledge factors to generate its 3D mannequin of the customized insole. The insoles themselves are designed to soak up shock, alleviate heel strain and reply to your gait, like others available on the market do, however are custom-made to match a buyer’s foot virtually precisely.
The Flex insoles can be found in leather-based, neoprene and wool in a variety of colours, like black or sea foam inexperienced, and price $199. After the 3D printing, the insoles are completed with numerous topcoats after which shipped inside 10 enterprise days. Orders are positioned instantly within the SOLS app.
Together with the launch, SOLS is partnering with the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship introduced by GoPro on October 10 in Hawaii. The occasion is certainly one of a number of that may see the 2 manufacturers, SOLS and IRONMAN, working collectively over the course of 2016.