Superfeet & Jabil Collaborate to Bring 3D Printed Insoles to Market by Spring 2017
There’s simply nothing better than sliding your feet into a comfy pair of shoes, as we all know. And while the brand may be important, for many of us the insoles can be crucial. Traditionally, to create such a thing in a customized fashion was a costly endeavor. As we’ve seen with the advent of 3D printing, however, things are changing in terms of more affordable comfort—and thank you—because our tired feet deserve this!
And now, as numerous companies get in on the action, from Wiivv to iMcustom, it’s time to stop reading about these treats for our feet and put some 3D printed insoles to work for ourselves. That will be even easier as the marketplace continues to expand—now making room too for Superfeet, which will be putting their best foot (of course, we had to say it) forward with the help of global contract manufacturer Jabil, also serving as an advanced concept innovation firm, and one we’ve followed from their takeover in the assembly of MakerBots to their more recent and expanded client offerings to include 3D printing.
As they work together in introducing 3D printed Superfeet insoles to the world, the goal is to set a new standard for consumers who may already be familiar with their brand in the more traditional form. Also collaborating with the SafeSize digital 3D scanning technology platform (in which they have an investment), those looking for greater comfort out of their shoes will also be rewarded with affordability and quality. Online retailers around the world will also be able to look forward to a ‘reliable and replicable method,’ according to the Ferndale, Washington-headquartered company.
“For 40 years we have set the standard for shape and fit. Until today the technology was not available to deliver 3D printed insoles that met Superfeet’s exacting standards,” said Eric Hayes, Vice President of Marketing and Product for Superfeet. “By working with world-class partners who are experts in 3D printing and scanning, and combining that with Superfeet’s expertise in shape, we now have a 3D printed solution that will exceed expectations.”
The key in this new product, of course, is not only in the pure comfort of the insole, but the customization. With 3D scanning and printing, you can look forward to an insole that has been created specifically to your foot size and detailed measurements.
“3D Printing Technology opens powerful opportunities, Superfeet is leading the way in the insole category,” said John Dulchinos, VP, Global Automation and 3D Printing at Jabil. “It is a pleasure to support Superfeet’s commitment to provide the best fit and function with unprecedented 3D design and process innovation.”
According to the Superfeet team, you’ll be able to look forward to trying out some of these 3D printed insoles as soon as spring of 2017.
For over forty years, Superfeet has been working to offer innovative products. Today, their 100% employee owned company serves as a leader in providing over-the-counter insoles, as well as transforming footwear, and how it is perceived—and enjoyed. They are also dedicated to improving lives, giving one percent of profits and employee time to organizations that help people get back on their feet. See Superfeet for more information. Discuss further in the 3D Printed Insoles forum over at 3DPB.com.
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