Category Archives: footwear

Flowbuilt opens Superfeet mass customization footwear facility

Flowbuilt Manufacturing, a registered trademark of premium shoe insole developer Superfeet, has opened its first footwear manufacturing facility in Ferndale, Washington. Powered by 3D printing, multi-section injection molding, and 3D scanning, the new facility will see through the mass customization of limited-run shoes for rapid prototyping, sampling and development. “To date your choices have been very […]

How EOS, Concept Laser and SLM Solutions are transforming additive automation

This year, automation is one the biggest trends in 3D printing. For additive to truly become accepted as an integral part of the manufacturing supply chain, processes need to be streamlined and controlled with minimal manual input. EOS, Concept Laser and SLM Solutions each have leading hardware initiatives in place to help expedite post processing […]

eSUN invests in RESA Wearables to bring 3D printing insoles to China

Custom-made wearables provide the exciting opportunity to bring 3D printing to a commercial market. With Under Armour, adidas and China’s Peak Sport all on board, the center of 3D consumer innovation is currently in the footwear market. Now filament manufacturer eSun is launching a venture to introduce the technology in high street kiosks across China. RESA […]

SOLS Lays Off 20% of Staff Ahead of New Product Announcement

By Tyler Koslow

Since being founded by Kegan Schouwenburg in 2013, the 3D printed insole company SOLS has appeared to be expanding in a strictly positive direction. They’ve successfully introduced their customized 3D printed insoles to over 40,000 physical therapists, and have steadily obtained funding from investors such as Founders Fund, Lux Capital, Melo7 Tech Partnets, and others (including $11.1 million in their 2015 Series B round). So, when it was announced late last week that SOLS was laying off 20% of their staff, I was personally surprised to say the least.…

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New Balance Partners with Intel, Starts New Digital Technology Division

By Tyler Koslow

When it comes to recent trends within the fashion industry, no one field has been as heavily invested in 3D printing as footwear has. From major companies crafting their newest shoes with 3D printed midsoles to orthotic-driven startups such as Wiivv Wearables and SOLS providing custom-designed and printed insoles, the influence of 3D printing has been spreading across footwear design and manufacturing for quite some time now. The sportswear company New Balance is certainly no stranger to this influence, having announced last November that 3D printed midsoles will be implemented into the design of their newest running shoe.…

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Update: Wiivv Insoles Now Most Funded 3D Printed Product on Kickstarter

By Tyler Koslow

After capping off 2015 by raising over $3.5 million in a seed funding round, Vancouver-based bionics company Wiivv Wearables is just about ready to slip their BASE insoles into the sneakers of their consumers. The BASE is a 3D printed insole custom-fitted to each foot, maximizing comfort and support by using personalized foot digitization that is captured via Wiivv’s smart phone app. In order to help with the final steps of manufacturing and product fulfillment, Wiivv launched a Kickstarter campaign for the BASE insole yesterday, and have already found themselves well over the halfway mark of their $50,000 crowdfunding goal.…

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New Balance and Nervous System Collaborate to Make Running Great

By Tyler Koslow

The popular footwear company New Balance is going full force into the realm of 3D print and design, having already announced that they are equipping their new running shoe line with 3D printed midsoles, following suit with their competitor Adidas and their own 3D printed Futurecraft insoles. Furthering their material investment in 3D printing, New Balance has announced a partnership with Massachusetts-based 3D design studio Nervous System in order to implement sensors into the 3D printed midsole.
 

“New Balance came to us with a problem,” said Nervous System.…

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Wiivv’s 3D Printed Insoles Ready for the Consumer Market after $3.5M Seed Round

By Tyler Koslow

The industry of orthotics has seen a Renaissance of sorts ever since 3D printing technology was introduced to the human foot. Companies such as SOLS and Wiivv Wearables have commandeered the consumer orthotic market by offering insoles that are not just 3D printed, but are also custom designed to fit the user’s foot. Wiivv Wearables, in particular, is attempting to provide an insole that is both supportive and stylish, and have been slowing building hype during their early stages of development.…

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New Balance Announces 3D Printed Midsoles in New Running Shoe Line

By Tyler Koslow

3D printing technology has been utilized for footwear and orthopedic support by quite a few companies and individuals thus far. From the medically-supportive company SOLS, who 3D print custom-made insoles for the comfort and support of each wearer, to the fashionable reactive footwear created by MIT designers, additive manufacturing is no stranger to our feet. Now, we are really beginning to see more well-known footwear manufacturers implement 3D printing into their product lines, the latest of which is New Balance.

New Balance has just announced that, in collaboration with 3D Systems, they will be releasing a high performance running shoe that is manufactured with a 3D printed midsole.…

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MIT Designers 3D Print Wearer-Reactive Footwear

By Tyler Koslow

As 3D printing technology slowly seeps into the worlds of both fashion and robotics, we’ve had the opportunity to witness quite a few innovative and experimental 3D printed wearables that react to environmental and sensory stimuli. Designers such as Paola Tognazzi have developed wearable garments that transform with movement, while other endearing projects have explored wearables that react to our very own brain waves. Extending this exciting field even further now are two industrial designers from MIT, Christophe Guberan and Carlo Clopath, who have just created the Minimal Shoe, 3D printed footwear that changes shape in response to stimuli from the wearer.…

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